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Archive Talks: Double Indemnity

Actors Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray.
May 19, 2024 - 7:00 pm
Pre-screening talk and post-screening Q&A with Alain Silver and James Ursini, authors of "From the Moment They Met It Was Murder: Double Indemnity and the Rise of Film Noir." Book signing beginning at 6 p.m.

Admission is free. No advance reservations. Your seat will be assigned to you when you pick up your ticket at the box office. Seats are assigned on a first come, first served basis. The box office opens one hour before the event.

Double Indemnity

U.S., 1944

When Billy Wilder went looking for a property that would "set Hollywood back on its heels," he selected James M. Cain's hardboiled novel about a corrupt insurance salesman who conspires with a scheming housewife to murder her husband for his insurance. Adapting with hard-boiled writer Raymond Chandler, did more than shock audiences with this sordid true crime tale of lust and greed. He and Chandler, along with their iconic cast — Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck, Edward G. Robinson — launched one of the most influential and enduring styles in film history: film noir. No one has celebrated and documented film noir’s particulars and its influence than historians Alain Silver and James Ursini. Their latest book, From the Moment They Met It Was Murder: Double Indemnity and the Rise of Film Noir, dives deep into the intersecting histories — criminal, literary, cinematic — on the occasion of the film’s 80th anniversary. The Archive is honored to host Silver and Ursini for this special screening.

35mm, b&w, 107 min. Director: Billy Wilder. Screenplay: Raymond Chandler, Billy Wilder.

Special thanks to our community partner: Hollywood Heritage.

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