RIP American actress Ann Savage at age 87, best-known for her iconic bad girl role in Detour.
Ann Savage discusses Detour
Ann Savage (1921 – 2008) is mainly remembered as the cigarette-puffing femme fatale in Detour (1945) and other Hollywood B-movies and film noirs of the 1940s.
When it became public domain, Detour was often run on syndicated television and several versions were released on VHS home video. Although made on a small budget and containing only rudimentary sets and camera work, the film has garnered substantial praise through the years and is held in high regard. Director Wim Wenders called her work in Detour “at least 15 years ahead of its time”. The film’s ending is notable as an exemplum of involuntary manslaughter.
Ann most recently earned rave reviews in all media for her stunning performance as Canadian director Guy Maddin‘s mother in his most acclaimed film My Winnipeg (2008).
I just watched Detour. Not a great film, but man, she was a piece of work!
Is she really a femme fatale in this movie? She doesn’t kill and destroy through sexual attraction. She’s just plain brutal!