I find Billy Wilder a strange director. The overall look of his films are very solid, bordering on the unimaginative at times but then this disguises the risque plots and taboo breaking scenes he chucks in. One example of this is The Apartment (1960), where a clerk rents out his apartment to his bosses so that they can use it as a shag pad.
Double Indemnity is a bit different though. This time round, Wilder adapted the film from a short story and got crime author James Cain to write out the script and the result is a film noir that joins the ranks of others such as The Maltese Falcon (1941) and The Big Sleep (1946).
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Walter Neff is an insurance claims salesman who is relatively honest, that is until he meets Phyllis Dietrichson, who wants her(genuinely loathsome) husband killed so that she…
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