Double Indemnity (1944)
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Directed by: Billy Wilder
Starring: Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson, Barbara Stanwyck
Double Indemnity ranked # 38 on the American Film Institute's Top 100 American Films list.
Double Indemnity is a 1944 film noir. It stars Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson.
The title of the film is a reference to a frequently-found provision in many life insurance policies in which an amount twice the amount which
would normally be paid to the beneficiary becomes payable in the event of the accidental death of the insured.
The story was based on a 1927 crime perpetrated by a married Queens woman and her lover. Ruth (Brown) Snyder persuaded her boyfriend to kill her husband, after having her spouse take out a big insurance policy - with a double-indemnity clause. The murderers were quickly identified and arrested.
Today, the film is considered a classic. Film critic Roger Ebert in his review of the film praises the director Wilder and cinematographer Seitz:
"The photography by John F. Seitz helped develop the noir style of sharp-edged shadows and shots, strange angles and lonely Edward
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