Sunday, July 02, 2006

Black Widow (1987)

Black Widow stars Theresa Russell and Debra Winger is directed by Bob Rafelson in this 1987 film.

She mates, she kills, she collects the life insurance money. This movie is unique in that it has two strong female lead characters. Theresa Russell stars as, Catherine Peterson, the beautiful and highly intelligent black widow and Debra Winger stars as Alexandra 'Alex' Barnes, the Justice Department investigator that is more interested in exposing Catherine Peterson than to have a social life. The film described how after the death of her current spouse, Catherine would transform her appearance via clothes, hair color and her accent, then be on her way to stake out her next rich victim.

While the formula is simple, good girl versus bad girl, Alex strikes up a friendship in order to gain Catherine’s trust and learn more about her. Movie highlights the differences between the women Catherine is rich, beautiful and composed, while Alexandra is poor, plain and anxious. Has the film progresses, an unexpected attraction develops between the women, there are some definite lesbian undertones in this film.

Catherine and Alex going scuba diving when Alex begins to run out of air, panicking Catherine comes to her rescue. Was Catherine trying to kill Alex?

Quote: Catherine Peterson says, “Mr. Shin, I'll tell you two things about me: I'm very rich. And I'm very wealthy.”

The movie is beautifully shot, especially in Hawaii, and was a long suspenseful seduction. I think the plot and characters are just as strong today.

1 comment:

Vladigogo said...

I was considering using this film this summer. I remember being impressed with it when I saw it a number of years ago, plus you have two strong female leads here.