Film Screenings

Women in Film-Noir: Double Indemnity | Film Club

When: 2015-02-10 17:00 - 2015-02-10 18:50
Where: Americké centrum, Tržiště 13, Praha 1
Entry fee: Free

Double Indemnity is a 1944 American film noir. Fred MacMurray star 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 double the payout. A calculating wife encourages her wealthy husband to sign an indemnity policy proposed by smitten insurance agent Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray).

Neff understanding the situation, he does not want to have anything to do with this. However, he cannot get the wife out of his mind, and when Phyllis shows up at his own home, he cannot resist her any longer. Neff knows all the tricks of his trade and devises a plan to make the murder of her husband appear to be an accidental fall from a train that will trigger the “double indemnity” clause and pay out twice the policy’s face value.

As the would-be lovers plot the unsuspecting husband’s murder, they are pursued by a suspicious claims manager Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), a brilliant claims adjuster. It is a race against time to get away with the perfect crime in this suspenseful masterpiece.

In English, with English subtitles, IMDB rating 8,4, 107 mins.