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November 08, 2021

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I agree with this statement by David: "I believe it [DOUBLE INDEMITY] would win for best picture, best screenplay (written by Raymond Chandler in collaboration with Wilder), best femme fatale (Barbara Stanwyck), and best supporting actor (Edward G. Robinson). Excellent as a villain and a dupe, Fred MacMurray would get a nomination for best actor in a lead role but would lose to OUT OF THE PAST's Robert Mitchum."

I taught OUT OF THE PAST in a college course devoted to mystery and detectivn fiction at the point where we were examining postwar film noir. I showed this movie in its entirety in class. As much as Robert Mitchum garnered the majority of comments from my male students, Jane Greer, the femme fatale in this movie, garnered even more comments from my female students. They were fascinated with the moral vacuity of her demeanor and dialogue, the proverbial "ice water" running through her veins. My students finally recognized that evil at its most insidiously hidden is often worse than the merely outre. Greer's brand of evil is neither blunt nor apologetic, neither repelling in appearance nor rationalized in argument. Her character is a model of conniving self-containment, and her mutually ensorceling and repugnant malevolence scared the hell out of ALL my students.

Thanks for the excellent comment, Earle. Jane Greer as KJathiue Moffatt is one of my favorite villainous femmes fatales: https://theamericanscholar.org/rogues-gallery/
My best to you, as ever.

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