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Double Indemnity (Special Edition) back to product details

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written by notrust August 26, 2006 - 11:06 AM PDT
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
I have been waiting 2 1/2 years to see this movie. It spent 2 years on my NF queue, while I had one, and six months on my Green Cine queue. After all that waiting, I finally saw the movie this week. Many thanks to Green Cine for shipping it to me early.

The plot is very similar to "The Postman Always Rings Twice", see the description above for more details. The script is very tight, no wasted scenes or dialog. The acting is top-notch, and the cinematography is flawless. There is a 40 minute "making of the movie" documentary included, which is also excellent.

As has been said, Double Indemnity is the most "important" film noir movie ever made. Maybe not the most enjoyable to watch, but very high-brow and technically proficient, in a "Citizen Kane" sort of way. I think the movie could have possibly used something to balance out the straight-faced seriousness of the second half of the film, although the scenes with Fred Mac Murray and Edward G. Robinson are playful at times, and the double-entedre dialog between Stanwick and Mac Murray at their first meetings are quite amusing. The movie does what it was intended to do, with ruthless efficiency, like an well drilled army taking over a city. And you have to give it credit for that.

All in all, a must-see masterpiece, but I don't doubt for a minute that there are more enjoyable ways to spend 2 hours. But out of fairness, there far worse.


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