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Barbara Stanwyck in Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity

Film

Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Double Indemnity

PG

16 Mar

Barbara Stanwyck’s slippery femme fatale manipulates an experienced but naive insurance salesman into murdering her husband. Their crime is near perfect but, slowly, a methodical fraud investigator unravels their cold-blooded scheme.

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  • Wilder’s urgent and brutal tale of adultery, betrayal and murder is a cynical, witty and sleazy noir derived from James M. Cain’s razor-sharp crime novel, featuring a pungent screenplay honed by Raymond Chandler (who makes a brief appearance) and enhanced by John F. Seitz’s atmospheric, chiaroscuro cinematography and Miklós Rózsa’s foreboding score.