Barbara Stanwyck Trailer of the Day: Double Indemnity

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In DOUBLE INDEMNITY, arguably Stanwyck’s most famous screen role, she portrays bored housewife Phyllis Dietrichson who illicitly takes up with Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray), a nonchalant insurance salesman. While ostensibly interested in making a sale, Neff is, in the end, more interested in romancing the customer’s wife—although it’s unclear who’s really making the advances. An ill-conceived plan to simultaneously free themselves of Phyllis’s husband and scam Neff’s insurance agency leads them both down a path of deceit and betrayal where no one can come out unscathed. DOUBLE INDEMNITY is arguably the prototype film noir and Stanwyck’s chilling Phyllis Dietrichson the prototypical femme fatale of the genre. (107 mins.)

DOUBLE INDEMNITY screens on Fri., Mar. 29 at 7pm & Sun., Mar. 31 at 7pm.  Tickets are available here.  To purchase Barbara Stanwyck: The Miracle Woman series passes, follow this link.

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