Film Noir Denotation - Double Indemnity

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October 8, 2012
The Denotation of Film Noir
When one thinks of what film noir is, their mind should automatically flash to Double Indemnity. This ingenious film directed by Billy Wilder exploits all of the true characteristics of film noir. All of the main attributes to film noir are seen first in Double Indemnity which was not only the pioneer to this genre, but is still considered one of the greatest movies of all time. It was a risky move to put out this movie when it was put it out, but the world should be glad Wilder and his team were willing to take the leap towards making a movie about a genre that everyone was afraid to recreate. Double Indemnity is the epitome of a noir film because of the conventions seen in the movie. The cinematography is a prime characteristic in Double Indemnity that makes it an ideal noir film. The cinematography is so dark and shadowy which is exactly how all good noir films are today. When this movie was made it was very unheard of to try and detract from light as everyone was attempting to enhance it, however Wilder took a leap and it payed off. The dark and shadowy setting reinforces the darkness behind the plot and theme, which is true for all good film noir. In this movie in particular they chose to use black and white film instead of (what was new back then) colored film. This further increased the feeling of the movie. Also this movie was the first time that the Venetian Blinds were used to portray a trapping mood as if the characters were behind jail bars. These sideways blinds are now seen in almost all noir films and are a main characteristic in which Double Indemnity can call its own. Another very common characteristic of film noir that is present in Double Indemnity is voice overs. This movie was one of the very first movies to use the voice over effect and it really helps to get the plot across. The voice over effect helps the viewer to really see the story...
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