Friday, January 13, 2017

Movie Review: Double Indemnity (1944)

Another movie review based on both the film and the vintage fashions.

Movie:  10 (on a scale of -10 to 10).
An insurance salesman falls in love with a married woman, and they conspire to kill her husband.  The plot is gripping, the acting is excellent, and the cinematography is superb-- I learned so much about photographic lighting just from watching this film.  Plus, as a former Angelino, I'm always curious to see what Los Angeles looked like in an earlier age.

Fashions:  7 (on a scale of 1 to 10).
A lot of the fashions are the sort that look dated and unappealing to a modern audience, but I wonder how much of that was changing fashion sensibilities and how much of that was a deliberate decision on the part of the filmmakers to make Phyllis look cheap and seedy.  Still, I love the seaming on Phyllis's trench coat, and Lola's wool skirt reminds me of the one from V2885, except that the inverted pleat is on the skirt front.

In short:  Maybe not worth watching for the fashions, but definitely worth watching for the movie.

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