Posts tagged ‘classic film’

December 21, 2010

***** Review of “Double Indemnity” (1944)

“Double Indemnity” is the master blueprint for film noir. Fred MacMurray is as cool as a cucumber, blowing smoke rings and lighting matches off his zipper while Barbara Stanwick swoons. She’s one of those crazy hot chicks, the kind that makes you carry her purse, mow her brother’s grass and while you’re on the way home from work, stop and kill her husband. In short,  high maintenance. “Body Heat” was a fine remake, stylish enough, but it couldn’t quite match the razor sharp, rat-a-tat dialogue of this one. (It made up for it with some razor sharp, rat-a-tat nudity.) “Double Indemnity” is one of the greats and you can’t really consider yourself a properly trained cinema monkey without seeing it. 5 stars