A new 2 volume collection from Sony, entitled Bad Girls of Film Noir gets it's release this week and despite my feminist approach to most things, I have an incredible weakness for film noir. Although some would argue these characters have influenced feminism in some ways. I'm not totally unsympathetic to that either, but it's arguable whether our glamorous and tragic female noir subjects have had a positive or negative effects on the perception of the modern woman. One thing is for sure though, they have made perceptions of our gender more multidimensional and that's interesting. But that's not what my entry is about today. Film Noir is my favorite classic Hollywood film genre, next to the Western. A New York Times article offers great insight into the inspiration and development of the film noir femme fatale character. For those of you who didn't take a film history or analysis class or read up on such subjects, check out David Kehr's New York Times review Carnal, Gum-Crackin' and Dangerous to Know. Actually even if you are knowledgeable on dark B film fare of the 1940's and 50's, it's a good review of this packaging of lesser known offerings from the Columbia Pictures archives. This selection contains a couple films I'm pretty excited about. The Glass Wall (1953) with Gloria Grahame and another 53' gem entitled, Bad for Each Other with Lizabeth Scott. Actresses and their characters that for better or for worse have influenced the concept of what is sultry and seductive most likely more than most realize.