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Double Indemnity: The Complete Screenplay

Double Indemnity: The Complete Screenplay
Author: Billy Wilder - Raymond Chandler
ISBN 13: 9780520218482
ISBN 10: 520218485
Edition: 1st Printing
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: 2000-12-04
Format: Paperback
Pages: 150
List Price: $26.95

On every level — writing, direction, acting — Double
(1944) 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
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
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.

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Part of a series of published screenplays by the great Hollywood director—writer Billy Wilder, this one is for the brilliant 1944 film noir.