Afternoon Classics Season 2: Double Indemnity

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For our second season of Afternoon Classics we delve into the shadowy world of Film Noir with three all time classic films.

Double Indemnity (1944) is director Billy Wilder's classic* film noir* masterpiece - a cynical, witty, and sleazy thriller about adultery, corruption and murder. Paramount's terrific story of an unholy love, and an almost perfect crime!

In 1938, Walter Neff, an experienced salesman of the Pacific All Risk Insurance Co., meets the seductive wife of one of his clients, Phyllis Dietrichson, and they have an affair. Phyllis proposes to kill her husband to receive the proceeds of an accident insurance policy and Walter devises a scheme to receive twice the amount based on a double indemnity clause. When Mr. Dietrichson is found dead on a train track, the police accept the determination of accidental death. However, the insurance analyst and Walter's best friend Barton Keyes does not buy the story and suspects that Phyllis has murdered her husband with the help of another man.

"Film noir is the most intoxicating of Hollywood cocktails, and none is more potent than Double Indemnity." ★★★★★ The Daily Telegraph

"Film noir at its finest, a template of the genre. Billy Wilder in full swing, Barbara Stanwyck's finest hour, and Fred MacMurray makes a great chump." ★★★★★ Empire Magazine

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USA 1944

Director: Billy Wilder

Cast: Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson

Run time: 107 mins

Future screenings in Season 2:

The Third Man Thursday 27th October 1:30pm

Sunset Boulevard Thursday 24th November 1:30pm

***"This project is supported by Film Hub North West Central, proud to be a member of the BFI Film Audience Network" ★★★

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