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    In the past 24 hours I have seen two different film versions of James Cain s The Postman Always Rings Twice the 1946 John Garfield and Lana Turner classic, and the steamier 1981 Jessica Lange Jack Nicholson version, and loved them both maybe the Garfield even , over all Then I saw for maybe the third time in my life Billy Wilder s film version of Cain s Double Indemnity and it was even better than the Postmans It made me appreciate that novel , too, in the process.Cain s Double Indemnity is one of the great noir novels of all time as is Postman It s the story I summarize a bit in my review of the novel, but it s a story of two adulterers killing her boring husband for the insurance money, double the money for their train killing a double indemnity clause A good man gone straight to hell at the beck and call of a beautiful dame, ain t it always the way in noir tales, at least.7 times nominated for an Academy Award in 1944, the film featured Fred McMurray as the love struck insurance agent, Barbara Stanwyck as the femme fatale, and Edgar G Robinson as McMurray s boss, Keyes The screenplay was co written by Wilder and another noir genius, Raymond Chandler, who I m told hated working together Cain was a great structure guy he knew how to plot a story Chandler wrote famously confusing plots, though was much and deservedly loved for his poetry and sparkling dialogue So you have one of the best one two combinations in noir storytelling ever here add to Cain s terrific plot Chandler s amazing dialogue, and there you have it, a classic screenplay No, make that a one two three combination with Wilder s touch for telling details clever work with lighting cigarettes, for instance, as well as brilliant staging and casting, of course The screen just sparkles with wit, even in the gutter of this tale.One of the best screenplays of all time, one great film, and this book features gossipy ahem, film background stories stuff about Wilder s negotiating all the big egos on the film Wonderful fun.


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    A pot boiler, inspired by the Ruth Snyder Judson Gray murder, becomes a work of cinematic art, thanks to Billy Wilder Raymond Chandler Cain vs Chandler Wilder, class for filmmaking 101.


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    3.5 5 .


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    If you have any interest in noir, screenplays, movies or popular American literature, this script by Billy Wilder and Raymond Chandler is a must read, like the unparalleled but flawed novel by James M Cain I believe it just may be the best screenplay for a crime movie ever written with the Maltese Falcon running either a close second or just barely edging Indemnity out, depending on my mood.But the best part of this amazing screenplay from an amazing book with a crappy ending, which the screenplay remedies The story of just how much Chandler hated working with Billy Wilder According to the introduction in this edition, Chandler actually went to movie company execs and demanded that Mr Wilder not wave his cane under Chandler s nose or assign him arbitrary tasks, like Ray, open the window, will you Ray, close the blinds, will you Chandler was also pissed off that Wilder wore his hat indoors Honestly, the idea of Raymond Chandler, wry sarcastic tough guy author from England sitting there stewing while Billy Wilder asks him to open the window I mean, hell Could anyone MAKE this stuff up That is not to distract from the point that, despite its weak ending, this is one of the most nearly perfect imperfect crime novels ever written, and the brilliant screenplay by Wilder and Chandler completely remedies the weak ending with a one two punch that leaves you gasping When Edward G Robinson lights that match Fuck s sake, man You know it s all over It s the death of the human soul, people, and little time to mourn it The screenplay also crowbars Chandler s brilliance out of the master s main shortcoming, in my opinion that being his tendency to write detective novels that linger on incredibly confusing details that, honestly, I don t give a damn about For all that Chandler is a poetic stylist with no peer, his plots could get bogged down in details and repeated red herrings to the point where I always feel like I have no idea what s actually going on and, importantly Cain was nothing like that He was straightforward to a fault almost to the point of being blockheaded It seems evident that Chandler thought Cain an inferior writer for this reason I believe it s Chandler s disdain for Cain that led to his and Wilder s tapping into a breezy, cynical, world weary tone that was 100% Chandler, 100% Cain, and 100% f ing genius They just don t write em like this any .Read the novel, see the movie, gape in awe at the genius of it all This is classic America, A list noir, the soul of the nation laid open and bloody with a tire iron.


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    Double Indemnity written by Raymond Chandler and Billy WilderAnother version of this note and thoughts on other books are available at and is one of the best films, found on this and other respectable lists Double Indemnity has been present in my preoccupations lately.Not because I plan a crisscross, to swap murders like in Strangers on the Train, Throw Mama from the Train and others.First of all, I have listened to a play about the writing of the script for the film, with Billy Wilder inviting Raymond Chandler to work together.The latter refuses, in the first place, then he tries to tolerate the smoking and what he thought was the obnoxious manner of the director.The director Billy wilder was also unimpressed, from the moment he first saw Raymond Chandler, who looked like an accountant.Raymond Chandler was new in the Screen Trade and the first draft, eighty pages long, could not be used.But the writer was ultimately responsible for the excellent dialogue and the substantial modifications operated on the original material.What James Cain has written in the novel, could not translate well on the screen and although he opposed the changes, Billy Wilder would eventually understand his mistake.The play about the writing of the script has a lot of tension and it is inspired by real events and the much publicized commentary, complaints offered by both sides, with accusations of lack of respect, because Raymond Chandler was not invited for the awards or the press conference and the response from Wilder How could we invite him He was under the table at Lucy s When he worked for the script, Raymond Chandler was a recovering alcoholic and the stress of this task brought him back to drinking.The narrative of the film is stupendous and the work of Billy Wilder and Raymond chandler has made film history.Walter Neff is an insurance salesman who meets the beautiful Phyllis Dietrichson, played by Barbara Stanwyck.TIME Magazine considers her performance outstanding and one of the most notable, in one of the most acclaimed films ever.Phyllis tries to convince Walter to have an accident insurance made for her husband, without the spouse knowing about it.At first, the man is rejecting the idea, somewhat outraged by what would be a serious crime, with a term of many years in jail.But seduced by the beauty of the woman, Walter is the one to concoct a plan that would not just mean the end of Mr Dietrichson, but a daring insurance claimHe explains that in the case of very unlikely accidents, the insurance company pays twice the usual amount.Trains are considered very safe and therefore a death during a trip on one would represent the jackpot A Double IndemnityOf course, they have to be very careful, plan all the details in advance and stick to the plan, because the alternative is the gas chamber.So he explains to his lover and would be partner at least in Walter s imagination what needs to be done.They will have to keep away from each other and do everything so that his former friend at the firm would not figure the plot out.Barton Keyes, played very well by Edward G Robinson an actor that I heard was born in my country is a specialist and knows when a claim is false.Without a spoiler alert, I will stop giving details long before the denouement of the movie, which I will only say differs from the play I listened to a few months ago.But when the case arrives at the insurance company, foul play is suspected, but not by Keyes, but by an executive.Who thinks they are dealing with suicide.Excellent classic that made history, even if it did not win any of the Academy Awards it was nominated for.


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    This is an outstanding story that I enjoy.


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    Good pacing, good dialogue Chandler s femmes aren t usually such black widow cliches, which makes the ending fairly predictable, but he creates effective ambiance throughout.


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    I love you, too Neff to KeyesCould this be among a handful of the perfect screenplays in existence I remember in college the two that got brought up a lot outside of The Godfather of course were Back to the Future and Chinatown But I think Double Indemnity has to stand tall among the top, top examples of how to craft a story without an inch of fat, without a missed beat, and that it s at times as much of a comedy as it is a murder mystery or I should say it s not exactly a mystery to US, as we re seeing it unfold from the perspective of the killer, Walter Neff insurance man I was actually shown the film not in screenwriting class but in garden variety Film as a Medium where they also show Citizen Kane, of course I was glad I saw it in that setting, but then seeing it again and again the story contains it all a compelling anti hero, the proverbial Femme Fatale in Phyllis, and Keyes as the guy sorting it out, or trying to What makes it work so well to is that a conventional story might have Keyes as the main character, in the typical trying to figure it out sort of way But Wilder and Chandler, taking off from one of the top dogs of fatalistic American fiction of the period, put it into a difficult place though we know from the start things are screwed for Neff, we re on his side really This goes against the grain of the typical Hayes Code approach of not really siding with the bad guys While the code is still enforced by having the killer s brought to justice killed by the end, the Crime Doesn t Pay aspect is outweighed by the existential loss of it all another great example of this, of a character who thinks in full logical terms but doesn t get the emotional and accidental bumps in the story road is in Kubrick s The Killing Dialog that will always be fresh, and maybe even fresher today than it was in 1944, this is something you can easily read in one sitting, and the descriptions reveal how great these writers were in making sure you could see everything going on to such a point that if one could follow the script close enough it d be an impossible film to f up and with Fred MacMurray, Barbara Stanwyck and Edward G Robinson they sure didn t Though I might only slightly prefer a few other Wilder films Sunset Blvd which seems like a Hollywood version of this story , Some Like it Hot and the Apartment being 4 in the ranking doesn t make it any less of a work of master artists working at the top of their storytelling game.


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    Wilder and Chandler s collaboration produced a great screenplay, one that you can appreciate even if you read the novel concurrently as I just did The screenplay and the movie make several improvements over the novel while sticking to the characters and the basic plot, but it is also fascinating to see the choices the screenwriters made and how that creates a completely different feeling between the two versions And I m not just referring to the most obvious changes the beginning and the ending scenes, which change our entry to the story as well as our sense of the conclusion, but subtle changes, such as Phyllis reaction in the car after the murder in the novel she is in freakout mode but in the screenplay she is calm, perfect My favorite change, though, is the first scene between Walter and Phyllis, because that is where the screenplay puts the focus on the characters in a way that the novel doesn t in fact, in the novel, Cain completely misses the opportunity to create tension and dramatic interaction between them Wilder and Chandler do not Wilder has Phyllis on the stairs in a towel with Walter ogling and fetishizing her ankle bracelet and then the great back and forth double entendre dialog section written by Chandler none of which is in the novel, that was all new for the screenplay and way better than any dialog that Cain wrote With that whole scene we dramatically sense in a way that just isn t in the novel the connection that drives Walter to get on that trolley car Keyes metaphor with her That complete sequence, from when Walter first pushes passed the maid to get in the front door, until it ends with Phyllis watching through the peephole, is just brilliantly done Compare it with the same scene as written in the novel and you can learn a fair bit about how to juice up a scene.


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Double Indemnity: The Complete Screenplay download Double Indemnity: The Complete Screenplay, read online Double Indemnity: The Complete Screenplay, kindle ebook Double Indemnity: The Complete Screenplay, Double Indemnity: The Complete Screenplay 920a359a8413 On Every Level Writing, Direction, Acting Double Indemnity Is A Triumph And Stands As One Of The Greatest Achievements In Billy Wilder S Career Adapted From The James M Cain Novel By Director Wilder And Novelist Raymond Chandler, It Tells The Story Of An Insurance Salesman, Played By Fred MacMurray, Who Is Lured Into A Murder For Insurance Plot By Barbara Stanwyck, In An Archetypal Femme Fatale Role From Its Grim Story To Its Dark, Atmospheric Lighting, Double Indemnity Is A Definitive Example Of World War II Era Film Noir Wilder S Approach Is Everywhere Evident In The Brutal Cynicism The Film Displays, The Moral Complexity, And In The Empathy We Feel For The Killers The Film Received Almost Unanimous Critical Success, Garnering Seven Academy Award Nominations More Than Fifty Years Later, Most Critics Agree That This Classic Is One Of The Best Films Of All Time The Collaboration Between Wilder And Raymond Chandler Produced A Masterful Script And Some Of The Most Memorable Dialogue Ever Spoken In A Movie This Facsimile Edition Of Double Indemnity Contains Wilder And Chandler S Original And Quite Different Ending, Published Here For The First Time Jeffrey Meyers S Introduction Contextualizes The Screenplay, Providing Hilarious Anecdotes About The Turbulent Collaboration, As Well As Background Information About Wilder And The Film S Casting And Production