Double Indemnity is a 1944 film directed by Billy Wilder, an American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist famous for films such as Some Like it Hot (1959) and Sunset Boulevard (1950). Double Indemnity is a movie based around the themes of murder and love. Walter Neff is an insurance man who insures cars for a client known only by Mr Dietrichson. On his visit to the Dietrichson household to explain the need of an insurance renewal to Mr Dietrichson, he finds he is out and can only speak to Phyllis, his wife, who catches Neff’s eye. From this point Neff takes a journey into the world of unlawful accident insurance, murder and love when he and Phyllis plan to murder Mr Dietrichson in order to claim accident insurance and finally be together. However the clever claims manager Barton Keyes is onto Neff much sooner than he thinks.
Again, I really appreciated the camera angles and scenes shot in this film. Just like The Third Man, the director has clearly thought through the scenes to create the most realistic effects with the absence of colour. The lighting was well placed and created the right shadows at the right times. The storyline was strong and captured my attention the whole way through even if we knew from the beginning what would happen.
Although I enjoyed watching this film, I did not feel as inspired as I did when watching The Third Man. No scenes stood out to me that would inspire me to create a piece based upon them. However I can highlight the supermarket scene at 38 minutes as a real visual richness and an interesting use of symmetry. The repetition of the food cartons and tins even though very busy helps us to focus on the bland dress of the characters on the scene and therefore on them.