Double indemnity year 1944 genre crime drama thriller mystery filmnoir type movies idmb rating 8. Double indemnity has one of the most familiar noir themes. Double indemnity works because its a story we can relate to. Nominated for seven academy awards but winner of none, double indemnity instead went on to inspire countless imitators as film noir became the genre to capture the imagination of postwar america. Double indemnity 1944 movie cilp my little man tells me. Double indemnity 1944 1944, classic crime drama noir released in english language in theatre near you in. Double indemnity 1944 full movie online free no download double indemnity 1944 full movie online free hd double indemnity 1944 full movie online gorillavid double indemnity 1944 full movie.
Double indemnity 1944 is the perfect film noir, filled with deception, crime, forbidden love, and suspense. There is a greedy woman trapped in a bad marriage, who sees the opportunity when she encounters an insurance agent who is instantly smitten with her and who has only sex in his mind. Cain novel by wilder and raymond chandler, double indemnity represents the highwater mark of 1940s film noir urban crime dramas in which a greedy, weak man is seduced and trapped by a cold, evil woman amidst the dark shadows and expressionist lighting of modern cities. Cain novel by wilder and raymond chandler, double indemnity represents the highwater mark of 1940s film noir urban crime dramas in which a. Double indemnity 19 movie clip i killed him 1944 hd. Billy wilder directed the film which starred fred macmurray, barbara stanwyck, and edward g. Walter neff in double indemnity most critics declare film noir as a hollywood subgenre that had its golden age during the period ranging from the end of the 1930s to the 1950s. This blu ray is a respectable print for an old film.
Double indemnity 1944 movies english 2016 fred macmurray. The film was adapted by director billy wilder and writer raymond chandler from the 1935 novella by james. Billy wilders double indemnity is a classic film noir and a classic crime drama about bad people doing bad things and doing them badly. Double indemnity was directed by billy wilder who used his movie making instincts to create a classic film noir all others would be measured by. It followed the timehonoured noir plotline of a man undone by an evil woman. It is a movie, not merely good for its individual elements, but for the whole they create. Barbara stanwyck and fred macmurray in double indemnity 1944 double indemnity fred. In the classic black and white aesthetic, it goes further and turns up the darkness. Billy wilder and raymond chandlers 1944 film noir classic, double indemnity, however, achieves all of these elements with stunning mastery.
Billy wilder only made one proper film noir, but it was a doozy. Told in flashbacks from neffs perspective, the film moves with ruthless determinism as each character meets what. As richard schickel states in his double indemnity. The manipulator, phyllis dietrichson, doesnt need much to see how walter desires her. From the narration by bleeding insurance man and confessed killer walter fred macmurray, flashing back to his first meeting with phyllis barbara stanwyck, the maid betty farrington brushed aside, double entendre underway, early in billy wilders double indemnity, 1944. The story opens with walter macmurray,an insurance man and apparently injured returns to his office and dictates his confession.
Double indemnity and the hollywood production code wide angle b ecause of its distinct narrative and stylistic technique, billy wilders 1944 double indemnity is widely considered to be the preeminent example of the film noir. An insurance salesman stumbles through a dimly lit insurance office in the early morning. And what does a movie need in order to belong to this notoriously slippery category. The first time i saw the movie was for an earlier film class and while i enjoyed it, i didnt consider it anything. Watch double indemnity 1944 movie online bluray or bluray rips are encoded directly from the bluray disc to 1080p or 720p depending on disc source, and use the x264 codec. Phyllis dietrichson barbara stanwyck seduces insurance. Both are attracted not so much by the crime as by the thrill of committing it with the other person. From films like the maltese falcon with humphrey bogart to out of the past with robert mitchum. Against a backdrop of distinctly californian settings, the partners in crime plan the perfect murder to collect the insurance, which pays double if the death is accidental.
Directed by billy wilder and adapted from a james m. Phyllis proposes to kill her husband to receive the proceeds of an accident insurance policy and walter devises a scheme to receive twice the amount based on a double indemnity clause. Originally published march 2012 this is my second viewing of double indemnity, and my first time where i actually had to study it critically as part of my women in film class. In this classic film noir, insurance salesman walter neff fred macmurray gets roped into a murderous scheme when he falls for the sensual phyllis dietrichson barbara stanwyck, who is intent on. Download or stream double indemnity 1944 with fred macmurray, billy wilder, joseph sistrom for free on hoopla. Double indemnity 1944 movies english 2016 fred macmurray, barbara stanwyck.
Dietrichson is found dead on a train track, the police accept the determination of accidental death. This is the legendary tag line for billy wilders most incisive film noir, double indemnity, even though in 1944, when it was first released in new york on september 11, critics called it a melodrama, a elongated dose of premeditated suspense, with a pragmatism evocative of earlier period french films poetic realism of the 1930s, with. Cain novel by wilder and raymond chandler, double indemnity represents the highwater mark of 1940s film noir urban crime. Double indemnity lux radio theater broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on october 30, 1950 with barbara stanwyck and fred macmurray reprising their film roles. In this classic film noir, insurance salesman walter neff fred macmurray gets roped into a murderous scheme when he falls for the sensual phyllis dietrichson barbara stanwyck, who is intent on killing her husband tom powers and. Why is a film produced in 1944 the subgenres epitome when before that many supposedly noir films had been produced. A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return. Double indemnity 1944 movie cilp not fully covered. Double indemnity 1944 the penultimate film noir other than perhaps the maltese falcon 1941.
Cains novel three of a kind, on which the film was based. In this double story, the woman and man tempt one another. A calculating wife encourages her wealthy husband to sign a double indemnity policy proposed by smitten insurance agent walter neff. Robinson, grilling inept fraud artist gorlopis fortunio bonanova, billy wilder directing from the script he cowrote with raymond chandler, from james m. He was known as a comedic writer but he wanted to do more. Double indemnity is a 1944 film noir directed by billy wilder, cowritten by wilder and raymond chandler, and produced by buddy desylva and joseph sistrom. Insurance agent, walter neff, arrives at his office with a. Double indemnity is one of the most unrelentingly cynical films the genre produced, with a pair of careerchanging performances from barbara stanwyck and fred macmurray and a script by wilder and raymond chandler every bit as blackhearted as james m. Its a rich narrative environment that has been explored in. Continuing the narrated flashback by presumably dying insurance man walter fred macmurray, introducing his boss and confessor keyes edward g. Bfi what marks double indemnity out from other great film noirs is that sense, among all the crazy, twisted, duplicitous shenanigans, of real, human heartbreak. Cains liberty story, double indemnity, apparently based on a sensational murder of the 1920s, has become an absorbing melodrama in its paramount adaptation.
Cain s 1943 novella of the same name, which originally appeared as an eightpart serial in liberty magazine, beginning in february 1936. Double indemnity has all the hallmarks of film noir its a moody, pessimistic crime story with strong overtones of spiritual bankruptcy and moral cynicism. Dietrichson becomes increasingly accident prone after his icily calculating wife encourages him to sign a double indemnity policy proposed by a smoothtalking insurance agent. Film analysis of double indemnity film studies essay. A rich woman and a calculating insurance agent plot to kill her unsuspecting husband after he signs a double indemnity policy. In honor of tcms summer of darkness film noir festival and online course, heres double indemnity 1944, an undisputed masterpiece of the genre. Facts by film double indemnity by topic by person by film. From the moment they met it was murder unsuspecting mr.1553 1276 535 1291 864 111 569 143 231 584 151 944 1281 668 407 419 1029 828 493 1151 1451 1321 556 1452 1239 1140 334 193 712 362 660 1289