For 1 Year, 100 Movies, I will watch all of AFI’s 100 Years, 100 Movies list (compiled in 2007) in one year- and will complete a goal on my 2013 Manifesto. Come along on the ride with me- oh, and please pass the popcorn!
Billy Wilder’s film, “Double Indemnity” is a foray into film noir that comes with a whole lot of lightning fast dialogue and an equal helping of uneasiness. This film is clever, all about the tone and style.
Insurance agent Walter Neff (Fred MacMuray) and Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) get mixed up in a plan of romance, murder, and insurance fraud. They put together an elaborate plan and are successful in murdering Phyllis’ husband, and try to collect on his life insurance plan that Walter has set up. The plan works for a while, and Neff’s boss Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson) even breaks the news to his boss that the company will have to pay out on the policy. We follow the characters through the suspicion and secrets to the inevitable conclusion. Although the character development doesn’t get too far, there are moments in this film that are stunning and masterful, and very interesting to watch.
In my humble, non-professional, average movie-goer opinion this movie earns: