Double Indemnity

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Dir. Billy Wilder

USA 1944 | Black & white | 107 mins | Cert PG

Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray

Double Indemnity was a key film in the definition of the genre that came to be known as film noir. Its script creates two unforgettable criminal characters: the cynically manipulative Phyllis Dietrichson (Stanwyck) and the likeable but amoral Walter Neff (MacMurray). Billy Wilder’s brilliant direction enmeshes them in chiaroscuro patterns, the bright California sun throwing shadows of venetian blinds across dusty rooms, shafts of harsh lamplight cutting through the night. Their affair turns murderous when they decide to bump off Mr. Dietrichson to get his life-insurance payout.

Available on: 35mm

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