Film Reviews, Short Review

Double Indemnity (1944)

4/4

Quite easily the best Film Noir of all time, and that is down to Double Indemnity featuring the best non-comedy script of all time, courtesy of Billy Wilder and none other than Raymond Chandler. From start to finish the language of Double Indemnity is a force of pure, poetic beauty, hard-boiled and dirty every step of the way. Toss in some excellent performances, particularly from Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G. Robinson (though Fred MacMurray ain’t too shabby himself) and simple but evocative camerawork that drowses itself in shadow and smoke without ever drawing attention to itself, and you have one of the best films ever.

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