Monday, February 14, 2011

Double Your Pleasure, Double Your Funds

Their attraction is not so complex:
It's a matter of dollars and sex
A tart and a louse
will murder her spouse
for a payoff that neither collects

Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray in Double Indemnity (Billy Wilder, 1943). An adaptation of James M. Cain's tale of infidelity, fraud and murder, Double Indemnity was easily the most influential film of its era. Expanding the focus of the crime film from the underworld to include the middle class, it depicted a pervasive moral and ethical corruption not previously allowed in American film.

Welcome to the week-long For the Love of Film (Noir) blogathon. Please consider making a donation to the Film Noir Foundation. The Foundation works tirelessly to restore, preserve, present and promote our film noir legacy.


Marilyn said...

This is great. I'm really going to enjoy your contributions to the blogathon all week long, Hilary. Thanks! And see you at the Portage on Wednesday??

surly hack said...

Thanks, Marilyn. I'm looking forward to reading your posts, too. There are so many great writers involved in the blogathon, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed at keeping up with the posts!

Yes, I will do my best to be at the Portage on Wednesday. Thanks for the reminder.

Tinky said...

I think you're going to be my favorite blog of the blogathon week. When dealing with film noir, we ALWAYS need a little levity!

surly hack said...

Thanks, Tinky. You'll be happy to know that you'll find little levity here...kidding! The clipped, hard-boiled language of noir also works well for humor.

Joe Thompson said...

Good limerick and the perfect images to go with it.