Enjoyed this far more than I expected. You can call me a philistine (and you'd likely be right), but movies older than the 1950's/60's aren't usually my thing. Usually I find the performances too mannered. This, however, has a genuine tension which sticks in your craw, if you can ignore the way the male lead says 'baby' that is. Almost docked a star just for that, but then you'd *really* think me a philistine..
One of the greatest film noir - and one of the great films full stop. Wonderful Wilder sourness, superb dialogue, the often underrated MacMurray shines as the hapless doomed patsy, Stanwyck is amazing, and you get Edward G. Robinson too. Shocking, and so much fun.
Oh Bebe. Dripping with Chandler dialogue, the first scene between our main pair is a joy. Back and forth like sparring boxers. I've seen the film many times and it still suprises me. Wonderful. Can't believe it didn't win the oscar, it went to Bing Crosby being a priest. Oh Bebe!
This film kept me somehow hooked. Interesting thrilling plot. Compared to the bullshit Hollywood is producing nowadays, this film had a solid story. Couldnt help thinking - boy, if they just had mobiles!I was kinda disappointed from the finale, as if theyd hurried up to end it. The story develops quite nicely but the end spoiled it. And thoses silly "shooting" frames, and those naive unconvincing embraces.
A hyper-masculine silver tongued devil gets seduced into conspiracy and murder by the dictionary definition of a femme fatale in this phenomenally thrilling crime drama. The unrelenting quick-witted dialogue, combined with the iconic film-noir aesthetic makes for an unforgettably delightful watch. Loved it.
Billy Wilder’s seminal film-noir is such a beautiful watch, with every moment and sequence put together with precision and care, ticking of genre conventions, whilst in its deeply melancholic through line it’s also surprisingly downbeat. It has one of the most tense scenes ever committed to celluloid & some superb dialogue, not to mention a leading actress to die for. “It’s straight down the line for us, remember?”
Highly influential in all the right ways, Double Indemnity holds up today as a great slice of entertainment and a quintessential film noir. It was far from the first movie in that subgenre, but it's one that remains an almost perfect example containing many of the tropes and showing how to perfectly piece them together.
I'd watched this many years ago but forgot a lot. It is one of the best film noirs ever made. I loved it all from the narration by the protagonist looking back over how he got into such a pickle to the femme fatale played brilliantly by Barbara Stanwyk this is one of the best.
DOUBLE INDEMNITY is really a spectacular noir movie. It has some interesting characters, unique storytelling, and full of twists and turns. Led by wonderful direction from Mr. Billy Wilder. It's also supported by top-notch performances from its actors/actresses. Not to mention, Barbara Stanwyck. I loved the complexity in her character. She's full of surprises. DOUBLE INDEMNITY also has a superb cinematography...
It's actually rather dull in emotion and quite overrated. The dialogue/acting certainly has a good flavor to it, but the talky scenes often lack an urgency and are rather passive in their dramatic stakes. Also, its central plot shouldn't have been in flashback, as it kills the tension since we already know where it ends. Much better noirs came later that don't drone on about plots and theories of an insurance scam.