Thursday, 3 July 2014

Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 210: Wed Jul 30

Double Indemnity (Wilder, 1944): Riverside Studios, 6.30pm

This is screening on a double-bill with Cold In July. Details here.

Chicago Reader review:
James M. Cain's pulp classic (1944), as adapted by Raymond Chandler and directed by Billy Wilder. Barbara Stanwyck is perfectly cast as a Los Angeles dragon lady burdened with too much time, too much money, and a dull husband. Fred MacMurray (less effectively) is the fly-by-night insurance salesman who hopes to relieve her of all three. Wilder trades Cain's sun-rot imagery for conventional film noir stylings, but the atmosphere of sexual entrapment survives. With Edward G. Robinson.
Dave Kehr

Here's one of the famous scenes with MacMurray "speeding".

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