Big screen classics

Double Indemnity

Billy Wilder’s noir-thriller stars Stanwyck and MacMurray as illicit lovers tempted to commit murder.

Image from Double Indemnity

USA 1944
Dir Billy Wilder
With Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Edward G Robinson
Certificate PG

Adapted by Raymond Chandler from James M Cain’s novel, Wilder’s classic thriller sees an insurance investigator (Robinson) looking into a troubling claim, and uncovering an intrigue involving adulterous passion, greed, deceit, mutual suspicion and murder. Stanwyck and MacMurray are at their memorable best as the illicit lovers, while John F Seitz’s stylish camerawork is the epitome of film noir.

The screening on Wednesday 29 September will be introduced by Lucy Bolton, Queen Mary University of London.

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