Michael Douglas: Envy, Greed and Jealous Desire in A Perfect Murder (A. Davis, USA, 1998)

  • Candida Yates


A Perfect Murder (1998) provides an overt portrayal of sexual jealousy in a triangle between a husband, wife and lover, emphasizing material greed and sexual betrayal. The film stars Michael Douglas, and his performance as the jealous husband is mediated by his charismatic star persona and the highly charged brand of emotional masculinity with which he is often associated. When the film was released, Douglas had become a symbol of embattled American middle-class masculinity, a theme which is evoked throughout the film through its representation of the cuckolded white male psyche.


Phone Ring Sexual Jealousy Emotional Subjectivity Fatal Attraction Press Review 
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