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Double Indemnity (1944)

The Blonde at the Film

via: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/73500/Double-Indemnity/#tcmarcp-152119 via: http://www.tcm.com/tcmdb/title/73500/Double-Indemnity/#tcmarcp-152119  Unless otherwise noted, all images are my own.

In honor of TCM’s “Summer of Darkness” Film Noir Festival and online course, here’s Double Indemnity (1944), an undisputed masterpiece of the genre.

But first, what is film noir? Can we even call it a genre? And what does a movie need in order to belong to this notoriously slippery category?

Film noir literally translates to “black film,” and was first used in 1946 when French critic Nino Frank wrote an article called “A New Police Genre: The Criminal Adventure.” Frank wrote about the Hollywood films Laura (1944), The Maltese Falcon (1941), and Double Indemnity, among others, noting their brutality, darkness and cynicism, and labelling them “film noir.”  (The term had been used in France in the late 1930s to describe poetic realist movies like Le Quai des brumes (1938), but most agree that Frank was the first to…

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2 comments on “Double Indemnity (1944)

  1. BlondeAtTheFilm
    08/19/2015

    Thanks for reblogging my post!

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