Double Indemnity

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(out of 5)


One of film noir‘s greatest peaks is this fantastic Billy Wilder murder mystery. A joe-schmo insurance investigator () on a routine door-to-door sales route talks to a married woman (, who made herself the archetype of the femme fatale with this fantastic role) about renewing their life insurance.  She in turn uses her feminine wiles to get him to help her end her husband’s life, then cash in on the generous policy; of course, when you play with fire you get burned. Marvelously moody black-and-white photography that became the hallmark of the genre is a highlight, not to mention how marvelously suspenseful it is.


Paramount Pictures

USA, 1944

Directed by Billy Wilder

Screenplay by Billy Wilder, , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Academy Award Nominations
Best Actress (Barbara Stanwyck as “Phyllis Dietrichson”)
Best Cinematography (Black-and-White) (John Seitz)
Best Directing (Billy Wilder)
Best Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) (Miklos Rozsa)
Best Motion Picture (Paramount)
Best Sound Recording (Paramount Studio Sound Department, Loren L. Ryder, sound director)
Best Writing (Screenplay) (Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler)


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