11. Genre and Film Noir: Double Indemnity

HOLLYWOOD, FILM NOIR, AND THE 1940S - FILM NOIR AND DOUBLE INDEMNITY - GERMAN EXPRESSIONIST INFLUENCES IN FILM NOIR - FILM NOIR AND THE NEW PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES IN HOLLYWOOD - DOUBLE INDEMNITY AND THE CRAFTING OF EFFECTIVE SCENES

After WWII, difficult social and economic transitions in the United States and Hollywood lead to the creation of the genre we now know as Film Noir. Filled with tales of despair and filmed in a gritty, neorealist style, noir cinema helped to articulate a cultural landscape ravaged by war, anxiety, and uncertainty. This guide explores the genre by looking at one of its great masterpieces: Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity. It also elucidates the influence of German Expressionism on the look of the genre, and its common production techniques.

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