Friday, 31 August 2012

Double Indemnity (film)

The first of the new season of Sunday afternoon classic films at the Underground Theatre is scheduled for the 16th of September. Doors open at 14:10 with the screening beginning at 14:30, and they are usually pretty prompt! Tea and cakes are served afterwards which makes for a nice opportunity to meet the other cinemagoers and discuss the film.

Double Indemnity was released in 1944 and stars Barbara Stanwyck as Phyllis Dietrichson, a married woman who is having an affair with an insurance salesman, Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray). The couple decide to murder Phyllis' husband and claim his life insurance payout. They stage an elaborate 'suicide' for the husband but have not reckoned with claims adjuster Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) who begins to suspect the truth.

Director Billy Wilder also co-wrote the screenplay with famous author Raymond Chandler and the black and white film was nominated for seven Academy Awards. It was based on a novella of the same title written by James M. Cain, which in turn was based on a true 1927 murder case where a woman living in the Queens area of New York, Ruth Snyder, persuaded her lover to murder her husband.

Double Indemnity is now considered to be a classic and to have set the standard for all that followed in the film noir genre.

Underground Theatre, Sun 16th Sep, 14:30.
£6.50 to include tea & cake.
Tickets available online, by telephone on 0845 680 1926, or in person at the Tourist Information Office or the Underground Theatre when it is open.

1 comment:

  1. I wasn't expecting Double Indemnity to be funny but it has some very sharp dialogue (as well as some that's a little too clunky) and a cleverly thought out twisting plot. Stanwyck and Robinson are both fantastic and MacMurray does a good job with Neff who is essentially a fairly flat character. My only gripe would be in believing that Neff could be so in love with Phyllis that he would kill for her after just two meetings, but if you can overlook this, it's a great film.

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