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If you’ve never seen a film noir from its golden era, than tonight is the perfect time to swing by Harvard Square and see a new digitally restored version of one of the genre’s best. Fred MacMurray plays Walter Neff, an insurance salesman who can’t help but become smitten with Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck), the scheming wife of his client. Unable to resist the black widow’s charms, they concoct a plan to bump off the husband and collect his life insurance. What could go wrong? A lot. Suffice to say Neff’s claims adjuster colleague, portrayed by Edward G. Robinson, begins snooping around and a complicated game of cat and mouse ensues, where a happy ending looks increasingly out of the question. Double Indemnity was heaped with praise upon release for its writing, acting and distinctive visuals which gave subsequent noirs their unmistakable look. 70 years later, it’s high regard has only grown. Find out for yourself what all the fuss is about.

5:00, 7:15, 9:30 PM // Brattle Theatre // $10 General Admission/$8 Student, Member/$7 Senior, Child

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