Seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Actress, Best Picture and Best Director (Billy Wilder). Film noir at its best, as jaded insurance man Fred MacMurray and bored housewife Barbara Stanwyck team up to murder her husband and collect on the policy. They fool ace insurance inspector Edward G. Robinson, but getting away with murder turns out to be a full-time job. Wilder co-authored the Oscar-nominated script with detective fiction great Raymond Chandler. –AFI
Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city’s largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929, and wrote scripts for many German films until Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933. Wilder immediately realized his Jewish ancestry would cause problems, so he emigrated to Paris, then the US. Although he spoke no English when he arrived in Hollywood, Wilder was a fast learner, and thanks to contacts such as Peter Lorre (with whom he shared an apartment), he was able to break into American films. His partnership with Charles Brackett started in 1938 and the team was responsible for writing some of Hollywood’s classic comedies, including Ninotchka (1939) and Ball of Fire (1941). The partnership expanded into a producer-director one in 1942, with Brackett producing, and the two turned out such classics… read more
This earlier effort from director Billy Wilder lacks "Sunset Boulevard's" rich subtext, but finds its own manner of success in telling a no-frills noir tale befitting co-writer Raymond Chandler. Barbara Stanwyck emerges as a definitive femme fatale while Edward G. Robinson steals every scene he's in, the script blessing him with some fluid dialogue and those wonderful cigars. As is often the case with films of this era, part of the pleasure of watching it circa 2013 is decoding the antiquated attitudes about gender, race, and other social issues that are woven into the film. Beyond that, "Double Indemnity" is worth watching at least once, even if you're not a classic movie buff, just to realize there was a time when Hollywood would and could make a compelling thriller about an insurance salesman...!
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Title: Double Indemnity
Genre: Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Director: Billy Wilder
So hard boiled, so noir, so drenched with smart banter that it almost seems a parody of Film Noir, rather than one of the earliest classics of the genre. The sex tinged games between the insurance… read review
C’est l’histoire d’un monde qui se soucie un peu plus de l’argent que de l’être humain. D’assureurs qui préfèrent en perdre le moins possible quitte à ne pas soucier de la personne. C’est l’histoire… read review