35mm print! Michael Murphy, MIFF’s 2015 Midlife Achievement Award Winner, grew up in L.A., where the movies were just a way of life, and Edward G. Robinson was a family friend. But growing up on Double Indemnity, which stars Robinson along with Fred MacMurray and an unbelievably seductive and powerful Barbara Stanwyck, would mark anyone for life! Billy Wilder’s second film as a director, written by himself and no less than Raymond Chandler, from a novel by James M. Cain, is simply one of the greatest films ever made—the prototype film noir, among many other things. MacMurray’s sleazy insurance salesman, Walter Neff, gets more than he bargained for when he sells an insurance policy to Stanwyck’s alluring oilman’s wife, Phyllis Dietrichson, and then plots the perfect murder of her husband with her. But the real love in the film is between Neff and his mentor at the company, Robinson’s “little man” Barton Keyes, who is the guy he needs to fool. Arguably the best dialog in the most intricately detailed plot in the history of Hollywood, Double Indemnity is as tough and terrific as it gets.
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U.S.A. 1944 – 107 Min. 35mm
Director: Billy Wilder
Screenplay: Raymond Chandler, Billy Wilder; based on the novel by James M. Cain
Producer: Joseph Sistrom
Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G. Robinson
Print Courtesy Universal Pictures