Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity ★★★★

Now that’s enough from you Walter. Now get outta here before I throw my desk at you”.

I love you too”. 

I recently completed my final exam for my film history course, which focused on films between 1900 and 1950. The very first clip we watched from any movie during the course was a snippet from Double Indemnity. We never actually watched the full film, but with the end of the class here, it felt like a good time to check it out. Especially since I grew intrigued by it upon watching Sunset Boulevard during the semester. 

Double Indemnity is another great feature from Billy Wilder, whose later film Sunset Boulevard won me over and became one of my favourite movies this year. Like it, Double Indemnity boasts a great screenplay, with fun, witty dialogue and small amount of callbacks. Wilder’s direction is also well done. The performances from Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck are enjoyable as the leads, as is Edward G. Robinson as Keyes, whose role surprised me over just how good he was. The story engaged me from beginning to end, including all of its twists and turns occurring throughout. By and by, Double Indemnity is a great film noir!

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