#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In 1938, Walter Neff, an experienced salesman of the Pacific All Risk Insurance Co., meets the seductive wife of one of his clients, Phyllis Dietrichson, and they have an affair. 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. When Mr. Dietrichson is found dead on a train track, the police accept the determination of accidental death. However, the insurance analyst and Walter’s best friend Barton Keyes does not buy the story and suspects that Phyllis has murdered her husband with the help of another man.
Plot: A rich woman and a calculating insurance agent plot to kill her unsuspecting husband after he signs a double indemnity policy. 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.
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It’s definitely hard to pin down a personal favourite Wilder film, though I tend towards his earlier masterworks such as ‘The Lost Weekend’, ‘Sunset Boulevard’…and THIS. He was one of the finest at getting straight through the bullshit and to the heart of all things noir (as the immortal Jean-Luc Godard stated, ‘All I need to make a film is a man, a girl and a gun’).
Barbara Stanwyck is one of my favourite actresses of the period, and is a classic ‘femme fatale’. I’ve never been a huge fan of Fred MacMurray, but his ‘nice guy’ persona is used to sheer advantage by Wilder, and he end up both doing his finest work for Wilder (here and in ‘The Apartment’) and being the ultimate noir male protagonist. Interestingly, one of my favourite actors, Edward G. Robinson, thought so much of the script that he opted out of his demand of never doing a supporting role. Many people admire Wilder the director, but as a writer (or co-writer) he’s just as cinematically important and influential.
Like any other film of his, at least that I’ve had the pleasure to see, it’s worth a purchase and re-watches. The dialogue, especially, is simply fantastic. I’d take just one of his early works over a hundred of the films Hollywood churns out nowadays. They’re simply that better and intrinsically satisfying. Immortal cinema.
A banner movie from film noir’s classic era.
Double Indemnity is directed by Billy Wilder and Wilder co-adapts the screenplay with Raymond Chandler from the novella written by James M. Cain. It stars Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson. Music is by Miklos Rozsa and cinematography by John F. Seitz.
For a film lover such as myself it feels redundant writing a review for Double Indemnity, because quite simply there’s nothing to say that hasn’t been said already. The esteem it is held in is justified, it’s a razor sharp noir across the board and can be put up as one of the classic noir era pictures that got lovers of the form interested in the first place.
Based around the infamous Snyder/Gray case of 1927, Wilder and Chandler fill the story with a sinister cynicism that is palpable in the extreme. With a script positively pumped with hard boiled dialogue, a simple case of murder becomes so much more, a labyrinth of devious cunning and foolishness, with a trio of top performances crowning this topper.
Technically via aural and visual work the story gains extra spice. Rosza provides a score that frays the nerves, imbuing the sense of doom and edginess required for plotting. Seitz excels, the photography a trademark for noir, heavy shadows, abrupt camera angles and menacing shards of light come to the fore.
And to top it all off, it gets away with so much, a real censorship baiter. The story takes a journey to the dark side of morality, and the makers, bless them for they know what they do, gleefully tease the production code to give film noir fans a reason to rejoice.
Quintessential stuff. 10/10
A Superb Noir Film
If you are a noir fan then this film is an absolute must see. The screenplay itself is a work of art in its charater construction, plot structure and dialogue which is delievered by an ensemble of first class actors divying up first class performances. Barbra Stanwyck as the deadly, smouldering, scheming Phyllis Dietrichson turns in a performance that is right up there with Mary Astor’s Brigid O’Shaughnessy. Fred McMurray delievers a performance of a smart but desperately lovelorn patsy and Edward G. Robinson is perfect in the role of Barton Keyes and just about steals the moment every time he appears on screen.
I personally love a good Noir film and this is right up there with the best of them. Billy Wilder should be proud of this work eventhough the Academy didn’t see it fit to reward him for his efforts, however I personally think this film is an absolute winner.
No woman and no money
One of the earliest example of Film Noir. The third film in Hollywood by Billy Wilder that he co-wrote with Raymond Chandler who brought the hard boiled dialogue to this thriller. This film made Wilder’s name.
Fred MacMurray is the insurance salesman who falls for the femme fatale with the anklet, Barbara Stanwyck. Fatally wounded he tells his tale in flashback, confessing to a Dictaphone so the company’s investigator, Edward G Robinson will know that the guy across the desk was the murderer.
Stanwyck was the nurse who might have bumped off the first wife and then married widower, an oil tycoon. Now bored or just wants to be on her own with the wealth, she wants to get rid off the husband. MacMurray is smitten enough to help her do the deed. The proceeds of the accidental death insurance policy she has just taken out is I guess just a bonus. Once the husband is dead he realises that he is a dead man walking.
This is a cleverly constructed thriller. It really is a relationship between MacMurray, Robinson and Stanwyck. At the end it is Robinson he lets down.
MacMurray is the every-man, the insurance salesman good at his job but bored and wants to runaway with a hot woman. Stanwyck is the cold, icy one. You know she is using MacMurray, he is just a sap to her. The film belongs to Edward G Robinson, the bloodhound who knows all the tricks in the books and he has volumes of them on his shelving.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 47 min (107 min), 1 hr 50 min (110 min) (Argentina), 1 hr 30 min (90 min) (Ontario) (Canada)
Genre Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Director Billy Wilder
Writer Billy Wilder, Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain
Actors Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 7 Oscars. 2 wins & 9 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.37 : 1
Film Length 2,940 m (11 reels)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman Plus-X 1231, Super-XX 1232)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm (Eastman 1302)