Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1944). One thing to say about this classic is that virtually every shot creates a little world, sculpted in light and body language and decor. The words are decent, too. Fred MacMurray and Barbara Stanwyck are scary-good, and Edward G. Robinson flawless. I don’t think I ever noticed that Tom Porter, the actor who plays the doomed husband, looks a lot like Raymond Chandler, Wilder’s disgruntled writing partner. Anyway, it’s the second-best movie of 1944.
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