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The seedier side of 1940’S Los Angeles makes a fitting noir background for this brilliant, classic film noir starring Burt Lancaster as the lovelorn hero, Steve, foolish enough to go back to his ex-wife Anna (an excellent Yvonne de Carlo) who has since taken up with a bunch of hoodlums headed by the sinister Dan Duryea. Steve commits himself to a dangerous course of action that quickly takes everyone somewhere unintended…


Billy Wilder’s 1944 film noir crime masterwork Double Indemnity, co-written by Wilder and Raymond Chandler, with the screenplay was based on James M. Cain's 1943 novella of the same name, stars Fred MacMurray as an insurance salesman, Barbara Stanwyck as a provocative housewife who wishes her husband were dead, and Edward G. Robinson as a claims adjuster whose job is to find phony claims. The term "double indemnity" refers to a clause in certain life insurance policies that doubles the payout in rare cases when death is caused accidentally, such as while riding a railway.

Praised by many critics when first released, Double Indemnity was nominated for seven Academy Awards but did not win any. Widely regarded as a classic, it is often cited as having set the standard for the films that followed in that genre.

Deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the U.S. Library of Congress in 1992, Double Indemnity was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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