Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity ★★★★

Double Indemnity. 1944. Directed by Billy Wilder.

Double Indemnity directed by Billy Wilder based on the novel by James M. Cain. The screenplay was written by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler. Double Indemnity is smoking hot with the components that make up a great noir: lust, love, betrayal, and the perfect crime that is not so perfect. Lawrence Kasdan used Double Indemnity as his blueprint for Body Heat (1981). Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) narrates the film from Edward G. Robinson’s (Barton Keyes) accidental insurance office in first person giving a chilling recollection of how the not so perfect crime occurred. John Seitz’s cinematography was perfection as he guided us through the twisted dark and light hued world of this dark noir. Milosz Rosza’s score is ominous from the start and Billy Wilder’s direction tightly and elegantly moved us closer and closer to the truth that was hard to swallow. Barbara Stanwyck (Phyllis Dietrichson) was one of the iciest dames I have ever witnessed in film noir. I highly recommend this classic film noir. Be sure to have another more upbeat film to follow up with because this one is goes down smooth but will leave your stomach aching.

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