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Femme Fatale: Famous Beauties Then and Now Hardcover – 28 Feb 2002

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc (28 Feb. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670030279
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670030279
  • Product Dimensions: 26.2 x 2.3 x 33.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,196,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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i absolutley love this book! a collection of photographs of celebrities as you never have seen them! its one of my favourite 'coffee table books' and i have a few! serge normant is amazing - make sre you get metamorphasis aswell! x
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97812d80) out of 5 stars dissapointing 9 May 2003
By Molly - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Because of the title The Femme Fatale, Famous Beauties Then and Now, I was expecting a sort of photographic history book. I would be very interested in seeing how the image of a Femme Fatale has changed over the years, from the glamourous pencil browed vixens of the 1920's to the much more volupt modern beauties. (Think pulp fiction novel cover vs. Catherine Zeta Jones) I would have liked to read up on how even though what is considered beautiful (and dangerous) has changed, the character of the Femme Fatale predominates our culture, in literature and film.
I really got the wrong book. Instead of what I was expecting, this book features celebrities made over to appear like they would in different time periods, and the photos are high quality, oversized and printed on slick glossy paper. Some of the transformations are very well done (the girl on the front cover is Julia Roberts, believe it or not) So the book is not without merit, but they could have done a lot more.
If I wanted to see pictures of Britney Spears, I'd just read People magazine.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x97812dd4) out of 5 stars Chic but not fatal. 28 Oct. 2003
By alainviet - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book presents beautiful pictures of famous and enticing modern women: but to call them "femmes fatales" would be to mischaracterize them.
By definition, the term "femmes fatales" was coined to gorgeous women whose actions were detrimental or harmful to their men or partners. Thus, in real life a woman could be gorgeous without being fatal, or vice versa, she could be fatal without being exceptionally gorgeous. Cleopatra was one such woman, who although not extraordinarily beautiful, was able to charm two Roman generals and to lead them to their downfall.
Although hairstyle was an important component of a woman's appearance, it was certainly not the unique feature of a person. Her eyes, smile, demeanor, sleek appearance, and clothing also played important roles. Therefore, to reduce a woman's character to her hairdo, as the hairstylist-author had suggested, was to overly simplify the matter.
The women photographed in the book were certainly "chic," although not necessarily "fatal."
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x977b9228) out of 5 stars Wonderful Book, Tastefully Made. 2 Dec. 2001
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
So many times have a picked up a book on photography, only to be disappointed by the lack of glamour and style in the photos. This book was no disappointment. Serge Normant did an amazing job recreating such beauties from the past, all done in a almost retro like style. Britney Spears, Julia Roberts, and Elizabeth Hurley all looked stunning as they played the role of the females before them that captured the world on screen. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves celebrity photography, but still takes note of the beauties and styles from the past. This is also a must for any fashionable female, this book is done with much taste. Wonderful book. ^_^
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x977b95dc) out of 5 stars A collection of beautiful, breathtaking photographs!!! 26 Nov. 2001
By Jennifer Day - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book is absolutely breathtaking. Organized by decade, you are taken through a journey of "looks" of the 20th century and beyond. Each section features photos of "real" women of the era and then gorgeous photographs of various celebrities and models styled to look like images or celebrities of the past. Some of the most beautiful are Isabella Rossellini as Betty Page and Elizabeth Hurley as a 1910s Temptress and a 1920s Jazz Age Star.
HASH(0x977b96d8) out of 5 stars Great Idea, mediocre execution 8 Mar. 2002
By D. Johnson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Much, if not all this material has been published elsewhere, so you may have seen it. However, it has not been presented together organized around the interesting concept that Julia Roberts, Elizabeth Hurley, Susan Sarandon, Britney Spears and a host of beautiful women are paying homage to women of a previous age. (Yes, that Britney Spears).
In an interview with a French magazine, the photographer described himself as awed or intimidated when Susan Sarandon showed up. He only relaxed when she took charge and he just responded to what he saw. The mutual respect shown by the professionals on both sides of the camera is what makes these images good.
This is not just a catalog of beatiful pictures of contemporary icons playing dress up. If it is authentic it makes a convincing statement about the power and stature of these famous modern women and a lot of not so famous all around us.
If you know a young woman who wants to be in the next book like this, show it to her. I have handed it to several young women I've photographed recently. "Oh, my God! Britney Spears is beautiful." "That can't be Claudia Schiffer." "Elizabeth Hurley scares me!" Isabella Rossellini as Betty Page is the show stopper, however.
The photography is as good as it gets, but the material added to hang it all together weakens the book. Some of it is completely contrived and bogus.
Next time let the women and the photographer do their work and let the readers draw the conclusions. Meanwhile a lot of wannabe photographers and young models have some catching up to do.
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