Chapter

<i>Memento</i> as <i>Noir</i>

Claire Molloy

in Memento

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780748637713
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671007 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637713.003.0005
Memento as Noir

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This chapter is concerned with film noir and an analysis of gender difference within Memento to reveal the extent to which notions of disability problematise constructions of masculinity. The concerns of classic films noirs with women's social power were expressed and resolved through the femme fatale. The description of neo-noir fits Memento with glove-like ease. The mirrored reflection of the femme fatale in films noirs acts as a metaphor for duplicity or narcissism. In Memento, Leonard's body is displayed on a number of occasions, when he undresses himself and when he is disrobed by Natalie, inviting careful and repeated contemplation. Memento is not alone in depicting the spectacle of masochistic suffering of the white male body in the search for a coherent sense of masculinity.

Keywords: film noir; gender difference; Memento; masculinity; social power; femme fatale; Leonard; Natalie

Chapter.  4898 words. 

Subjects: Film

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