Welcome to classic territory.
One of the defining films of "noir," Double Indemnity
has a clever script and beautiful dialogue from Billy Wilder and
Charles Brackett. The set-up is terrific. Hot housewife Phyllis
Dietrichson wants to get rid of her older, dull husband. Insurance
salesman Walter Neff gets tangled in her web swept up by desire and
greed and ultimately finds out that execution of the perfect crime
has a way of finding obstacles. Coincidence gives insurance
investigator a big helping hand in leading him to sniff out
The actors swim through the murky waters of
deceit with concisely perfect strokes. Fred MacMurray gives Walter
Neff a coating lascivious slime while Barbara Stanwyck breathes
sexual innuendo into every uttered sentence. Edward G. Robinson.
It's all a grandly choreographed dance of deceit embellished by the
fabulous Miklos Rozsa score and captured in the dark and moody high
key photography of John Seitz. literally defining all
"noir" to come.
and Stanwyck, an irresistible combination.ŠUniversal
This is a clean transfer
and compression job from Image/Universal that appears to be a
duplicate of the laser elements. There are few if any blemishes.
Contrast levels are adequate and all important shadow detail is
consistently revealing. The mono soundtrack is a bit thin, but
dialogue is crisp.
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great tool for Internet surfers and movie lovers. As usual, he's
found some interesting links. Check out the link for a fine Japanese
site on Kurosawa films.
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