Double Indemnity (1944)


Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBBB.  

USA, 1944.  Paramount Pictures.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by Hans Dreier, .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1944.

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.

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