I’ve been on a film noir bender recently and, aside from enjoying it quite a lot, it prompted some musings about a comment a friend made on this genre. He said that “women were women” in those movies.
It’s an odd cliché when you think about it, because most of the women in film noir are lying, hard drinking, heavy smokers with hair that’s so stiff you scrub pots with it and makeup that has nothing to do with the actual features of their face.
Pretty odd idea of what a woman is, if you ask me!
Of course, I suspect he was tapping into the idea that the women were sexy and sexual (well, as much as you could be in 1940s movies and get past the censor). At least I hope it was that, and not that he likes women who let men push them around (physically) and who spend their time fixing drinks for everyone.