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Double Indemnity (1944)

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Double Indemnity (1944)

Double Indemnity is film noir at its blackest with director-screenwriter Wilder’s heady cocktail of corruption, and deceit.

Barbara Stanwyck is ice-cold as Phyllis Dietrichson, the brassy blonde with the ankle bracelet who persuades insurance salesman Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) to murder her husband and claim on his insurance. The perfect crime until Neff realizes the extent of her duplicity and starts to doubt her motives. With ruthless claims investigator Keyes (Robinson) hot on his trail, Neff is a drowning man from the get-go.

Double Indemnity uses the voice-over narration technique (in a similar way to Sunset Boulevard) to deliver a hard-boiled, retrospective description of events.

Kasdan’s 1981 homage Body Heat never came near to emulating Stanwyck’s raw sensuality (was an ankle chain ever so sexy?) and certainly couldn’t come close to Seitz’s moody camerawork, which perfectly captured both urban grit and the untamed sexuality of the duplicitous, femme fatale star.

Cast:  Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson, Porter Hall, Richard Gaines, Jean Heather, Tom Powers, Fortunio Bonanova, Byron Barr, John Berry, Raymond Chandler, Edmund Cobb, Kernan Cripps, Bess Flowers, Eddie Hall, Teala Loring, Sam McDaniel, Billy Mitchell, Clarence Muse, Douglas Spencer, John Philliber, Harold Garrison, James Adamson, Betty Farrington, George Magrill, Constance Purdy, Dick Rush, Floyd Shackelford, Oscar Smith, Miriam Nelson

Director:  Billy Wilder
Producer:  Joseph Sistrom
Original Music Composer: Miklós Rózsa
Cinematography: John F. Seitz Running Time: 107 minutes
Released 14 June 1944

Genres:  Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country:  United States of America
Production Companies:  Paramount

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