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Today in Movie History: July 6

 

Film noir may be American cinema’s greatest contribution to the canon, and they don’t come any noir-ier than Double Indemnity: Billy Wilder’s masterpeice of greed, deceit and murder. Wilder fled the rise of the Nazis to come to Hollywood, and the darkness seeping out of Europe can be felt in the story of an insurance agent (Fred MacMurray) scheming with an ambitious housewife (Barbara Stanwyck) to murder her husband. It opened today in 1944, and remains a must-see for anyone serious about the movies.

 

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