Part of the Classic Film Series, co-presented by the Farnsworth

Adapted from a James M. Cain novel by director Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler, DOUBLE INDEMNITY represents the high-water mark of 1940s film noir urban crime dramas in which a greedy, weak man is seduced and trapped by a cold, evil woman amidst the dark shadows and Expressionist lighting of modern cities.

Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck) seduces insurance agent Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) into murdering her husband to collect his accident policy. The murder goes as planned, but after the couple's passion cools, each becomes suspicious of the other's motives. The plan is further complicated when Neff's boss Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), a brilliant insurance investigator, takes over the investigation. Told in flashbacks from Neff's perspective, the film moves with ruthless determinism as each character meets what seems to be a preordained fate.

Movie veterans Stanwyck, MacMurray, and Robinson give some of their best performances, and Wilder's cynical sensibility finds a perfect match in the story's unsentimental perspective, heightened by John Seitz's hard-edged cinematography. DOUBLE INDEMNITY ranks with the classics of mainstream Hollywood movie-making.

Directed by Billy Wilder

Starring Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson

USA | 1944 | NR | 107 min

This winter and spring, the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Strand Theatre co-present a classic film series.  Dark, romantic, epic, adventuresome, racy, and silly—come see it all on the big screen while watching some of the greatest films ever made. The series includes the 1944 classic Double Indemnity, cited as one of the most quintessential film noirs; the 1962 dramatic film Lawrence of Arabia, widely considered one of the greatest and most influential films; and the 1959 Some Like It Hot, one of the greatest comedy films of all time.

Show Dates & Times:

2/8/15 - Sunday

2:00 pm,

$7.50/Matinee. Farnsworth members: Show your Membership card at the concession stand for a free small popcorn!

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