Noir Films: Double Indemnity

Double Indemnity (1944) is a movie in which Neff an insurance salesman meets Phyllis during his run. They flirt and end up planning the death of Phyllis’s husband so that they could be together. This movie is very similar to The Postman Always Rings Twice in which there is a theme of a femme fatale. Where a woman brings disaster to the men she becomes involved with (a theme in noir). While watching the movie, a few things immediately makes one think of noir, the venetian blind effects in multiple scenes as well as the movie being in black and white.

Since this is the design week, lets talk a little bit on how the movie was designed. In multiple shots the camera has a close up of the characters or was angled in a way to bring attention to the speaker and little attention to the other characters in the frame. With different angling, framework, and music a scene can be manipulated by the directer so that the audience sees what they want them to see as well as remember important parts of the movie.