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    Film in the 1940’s focused on lying, crime, and mystery. This particular style of film is now known as Film Noir, which focused on the dark side of humanity. Certain elements are needed to properly display a true film noir film. Double Indemnity (1944) is a film that focuses on insurance agent Walter Neff. Due to the dark events that take place throughout the film, several elements of film noir were used in the filming of this movie. Double Indemnity utilized film noir by setting a dark mood, high-contrasts shots, and villainous characters. The setting elements established in Double Indemnity are excellent demonstrations of film noir style and certainly add to the mood of the film. The movie takes place in downtown L.A, which is perfect for…

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    James M. Cain’s Double Indemnity, published in 1935, was adapted into a film in the year 1944. This film brought in over $5.7 million in gross net, changed how Hollywood censored films and shaped the path for numerous controversial films to soon be produced. Although Double Indemnity left its impact, the strict Production Code prevented the film adaptation from reaching the full potential sent forth by the book. In her book, Blackout, film noir critic Sheri Chinen Biesen explains how the Motion…

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    The idea that love can change a person is truly evident in the classic film noir, Double Indemnity. Walter Neff, an insurance salesman develops feelings for his clients’ wife, Phyllis Dietrichson. Together they team up to commit a murder; the murder of her husband. This progression is shown through three different cinematography components: lighting, camera angles, and composition. Over the course of 107 thrilling minutes, Walter Neff becomes a whole new person due to his relationship with…

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    In 1992, Billy Wilder’s 1944 film Double Indemnity was preserved by the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” It is clear that the film has had a major impact in cinema but it was created to protest Los Angeles but suffered many hurdles to complete. However, Double Indemnity would effectively jump start the noir movement and influence cinema to this day. When Double Indemnity was first played in theaters audiences and critics reacted in shock…

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    Billy Wilder’s classic film from 1944, entitled Double Indemnity displays many of the traditional traits of Film Noir. During the opening scene a very dramatic silhouette of a mysterious man on crutches walks towards the viewer. You can’t help but wonder who this character could be. Ultimately Walter Neff betrays his superior, Barton Keys. Keys thinks very highly of Neff and thinks believes he has what it takes to become a great investigator for the insurance company. Neff is an insurance…

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    Cain’s Double Indemnity, both the authors use hard-boiled fictions to highlight the effect of corruption within Los Angeles to the characters’ actions and attitudes. Chandler and Cain use their protagonist’s detailed narration to show us their viewpoint of their society. Through their narration, we hear their side of the story and we tend to sympathize their actions despite their immoral conduct. The protagonists are portrayed as anti-heroes because they are not perfect and we see some of our…

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    Before I actually watched Double Indemnity, I asked myself, “What is the dictionary definition of double indemnity?” I wanted to know, based on the movie title, what the premise of this film would be. I wanted to be able to have a sense of what I would be watching before I actually watched it so that I would not be lost throughout the whole movie. So, I opened up google, typed “double indemnity definition” into the google search bar, and found the answer to my question. To my surprise, after…

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    Double Indemnity Analysis

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    Connections Everybody has the ability to be manipulative.Manipulative people latch onto empathetic targets and make full use of their qualities. They find people who are easy-going, gentle and kind and who avoid conflict. Throughout the films double indemnity directed by Billy Wilder, nightcrawler directed by dan Gilroy, LA confidential directed by Curtis Hanson and training day directed by Antoine Fuqua, we find that these films have a strong theme of manipulation occurring. This…

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    Double Indemnity Essay

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    Cinematography is what makes films whole. It is basically another important aspect of telling the films story and giving meaning to the characters and setting they are in. It is meant to keep the viewer on the edge of their seats or to allow them to feel some sort of emotion for the characters in the film. I noticed this quite a bit in the film Double Indemnity. I think that cinematography is significant in this film because it gives meaning to it's environment and characters while allowing the…

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    Double Indemnity Analysis

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    Term Paper: Double Indemnity (1944) directed by Billy Wilder Modern society is undeniably obsessed with true-crime stories and murder mysteries. There is a prominent interest for the forces of so-called good and evil, attracting people to know about atrocities and massacres. Citizens, with the goal of obtaining a reasonable explanation of such events, question every aspect of a concrete crime or homicide, and try to find out the motive or the responsible’s background. All these doubts and…

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