“NOIR” CLASSIC AT FILM SOCIETY – 17th May 2019

by | May 8, 2019 | 0 comments

On Friday 17th May at the Yea Shire Chambers Murrindindi Film Society will present the 1944 American crime drama Double Indemnity.  Doors open at 6.45 p.m.  Prospective members and first time guests will be made welcome free of charge.

 

One of the first of the “film noir” genre, it sets the standard for those which followed. Based on a James M. Cain serialised novel, which had it’s own inspiration from a sensational true crime case, it tells the story of Walter Neff, a naive insurance salesman led down dark and dangerous pathways by a provocative housewife. Told in the past tense (in voice-over), these two characters plan a fraudulent, almost perfect crime which leads to guilt, suspicion, betrayal, duplicity, and thrilling intrigue in a film full of sharp and cynical dialogue.

 

Director Billy Wilder pioneered many classic cinematic elements in this film, notably night scenes shot in deep shadow that evoke cynicism and disillusionment. The photography by John Seitz helped develop the noir style of sharp-edged shadows and strange angles.  Locales in the greater Los Angeles area were also used to great effect.

 

Fred MacMurray stars as the hapless Neff with Barbara Stanwyk compelling as his icy blonde temptress.  Edward G. Robinson appears in an unusually sympathetic role as an insurance assessor who is Neff’s mentor and father figure.

 

This is an opportunity to see a now rarely-screened American classic.  

All enquiries to Jill Dwyer on 5797 2480 or jill.dwyer@bigpond.com

 

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