Amazingly popular in the eighties and nineties, the american erotic thriller remains nonetheless underrated. Amalgamated to the neo-noir and melodramatic movies, both its historicity and socio-cultural impact are often denied by film critics who have only been interested in Paul Verhoeven's Basic Instict and its femme fatale, portrayed by Sharon stone.
About the author
Linda Belhadj is a French film critic and co-author of "Paul Verhoeven, Total Spectacle" (ed. Playlist Society).