Review—Double Indemnity (at Minnesota Connected)

02/01/2015

My review of DOUBLE INDEMNITY over at Minnesota Connected

Released in 1944 and frequently listed among the greatest films of all time, Double Indemnity has carved a legacy far larger than any single criticism. Director Billy Wilder, screenwriter Raymond Chandler, and author James M. Cain (upon whose story the film was based) were all masters in their fields, and there isn’t a moment lacking for tension or a decision that can’t be accounted for. It’s the kind of efficient, purposeful golden age filmmaking that comes as close to timelessness as anything can. But there’s also a danger in being too reverent to the classics. Double Indemnity is still best enjoyed as a surprise; as something fresh that is allowed to fail, so that we’re pleasantly surprised when it doesn’t. It’s not the most complicated or profound film of its era, but its depths of feeling and strength of craft would be obvious even if it were released for the first time tomorrow.

See the rest of the review over at Minnesota Connected.

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