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Maryville Talks Movies: Double Indemnity
September 13, 2018 @ 6:15 pm
Maryville Talks Movies brings together students and the St. Louis community to watch and discuss significant films in a variety of genres. This week’s film will be Double Indemnity, which was released in 1944. Associate Professor Robert Cunningham will introduce the movie and then, after the viewing, lead a presentation and/or Q&A session.
From 1940 to late 1950’s film noir (black cinema) emerged as a style of film that emphasized a pessimistic and dark view of the human condition. These edgy, black and white films typically featured a cynical male anti-hero, hardened and disillusioned from his past life experiences who becomes involved with a beautiful and seductive female with alternative motives. Double Indemnity typifies this style as male lead (Fred McMurray) and femme fatale (Barbara Stanwyck) become romantically involved and devise a scheme to kill her husband to collect on his life insurance policy. Directed by William Wilder in 1946, Double Indemnity features most of the classical elements associated with film noir and is considered one of the most influential noir films of all time.