"Double Indemnity" and the Advent of Film Noir
Film historians view director Billy Wilder’s 1944 classic "Double Indemnity" as groundbreaking on many fronts. In addition to challenging the Hollywood Production Code by converting James M. Cain’s very dark novella into cinema, Wilder established a template for many of the “film noir” works that followed, including such memorable works as "The Big Sleep," "Night and the City," and "D.O.A." In addition to an examination of the elements of “noir,” we will have an opportunity to examine the true murder case that became the inspiration for "Double Indemnity."
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