Bob Rafelson’s “Black Widow” (1987) is modern film noir and an undervalued gem about being a tourist in one’s own life.
Fittingly, it mostly takes place in Hawaii, where tourism is the biggest industry and a way for visitors to be pleasantly displaced into a world that is not their own.
The central characters of “Black Widow” are Catherine (Theresa Russell), who murders the rich men whose wealth she inherits, and Alexandra (Debra Winger), the antsy agent who pursues her.
By following a string of seemingly connected news stories, Alexandra believes the trail of rich, dead men leads to a single woman who has been marrying and killing them. Alexandra goes undercover and befriends Catherine, getting sucked into her intoxicating world.
Black Widow (1987) Theresa Russell plays femme fatale Catherine Petersen
w Debra Winger, Nicol Williamson, Dennis Hopper, Terry…