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Analysis double indemnity

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Analysis double indemnity film noir

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Analysis double indemnity

  1. 1. ANALYSIS - DOUBLE INDEMNITY
  2. 2. This scene shows Walter and Barton having a conversation. Walter is looking down at Barton, showing that he has a higher status over him which is ironic because Barton is in fact higher up in employment than him. The film is in black and white which conveys the conventions of a typical film noir. They are dressed in smart clothes which is vital to it in with the film noir genre.
  3. 3. Here is a scene of Phyllis at the top of the staircase. Her legs are covered by the staircase which is something that is common of a film noir; it is similar to how shadows in film noir cover characters. The staircase is covering her bare skin which shows how a woman's body should be concealed in front of a man. This is a low angle, showing her looking down on the man, suggesting that she has the power over him.
  4. 4. This is another example of concealment. Walter is hiding Phyllis from Barton, emphasising secrecy as a major theme of the film and film noir. The audience can clearly see her but the way the actors are positioned on the set, it is clear that Walton cannot. Walter is placed in the middle of the frame, showing that he connected to both of the characters in some way. Also, it could be argued that the way that he is hiding Phyllis could connote that he is trying to hide his love for her.
  5. 5. The use of venetian blinds creates shadows which is a key aspect of a film noir. They are reflected over one side of Walter's body; connoting that he is hiding something. He is not standing in the centre of the frame, giving the audience a better insight to the surroundings which helps to set the scene.
  6. 6. This scene is very dark, reflecting what they are doing. They are trying to make it look as if Phyllis's husband has committed suicide. Phyllis is dressed in light colours, giving the sense of innocence whereas Walter is dressed in all black, suggesting he is the evil, ring leading character.
  7. 7. Phyllis is looking up towards Walter. This represents how she feels for him showing that she admires him. Walter is looking down at Phyllis, suggesting he doesn’t admire her as much and that he is in control of he because he is bigger than her. Another aspect of this frame that is suggestive of this. Walter is looking at her lips which infers that he sees her in a sexual way whereas Phyllis is looking into Walter's eyes, showing that she is passionate about him.
  8. 8. This is another scene where Walter looks larger than Phyllis. He is nearer the camera and is again looking down at Phyllis. They are at either side of the frame which represents a distance between them, perhaps suggesting that they are not as close as they make out to be. It also shows a barrier between them, just like Phyllis' husband is a barrier for their love.
  9. 9. This frame is from on of the last scenes in the film. It is when Walter is confessing the murder to Barton. He speaks in great detail-we hear as a voiceover throughout the whole film. Voiceovers are very conventional of a film noir. The background of this scene is in soft focus which bring the audiences attention to Walter. The shadows also add to the typical conventions of a film noir. His facial expression shows that he is not happy with what he has done and it is hard for him to admit it.
  10. 10. This shows Walter by the side of a woman's body. He is holding a gun which shows that he is the guilty man. He is also at her level which shows that he feels regrets his previous actions. The woman is dressed in all white which symbolises innocence; Phyllis is innocent in all of this and Walter is made to look like the 'bad guy'.

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