Double Indemnity is a classic film noir, directed in 1944 by Billy Wilder. The plot of the movie tells about an attractive insurance agent Walter Neff, who meets the fatal blonde, Phyllis. Phyllis charms Neff, manipulating him, and convincing him to relieve her from her abusive husband. Making her doomed husband sign a policy with a double insurance, Phyllis and Neff skillfully performed the plan. Neff’s colleague, an insurance detective Barton Keyes, turns a killer’s life into a nightmare.
The Last Seduction is an American movie released in 1994 in neo-noir genre. The film tells about Bridget Gregory, a femme fatale and sociopath, who steals money belonging to the creditors of her husband, and hides in a suburb of Buffalo. There she meets Mike and tries to persuade him to a stormy affair. Mike, being an inexperienced young man, is crazy about Bridget: he had never met such an interesting and charming woman. New friend tells nothing about the past and gives no promises for the future. But she has a cunning plan how to make a quick profit, and Mike agrees to this plan. Meanwhile her husband wants by all means to return the money to creditors; but Bridget is not going to give up.
Even though both movies have very similar features as for the plot (for example, Mike and Walter become really crazy about the women in each film; both women think of a plan to get their husbands killed and get the money), the movies do have some differences as well. For example, Bridget gets hired in the insurance company, where Mike works. Phyllis is unemployed, but she has another obstacle in her way – her husband’s daughter Lola, who makes the implementation of the plan more difficult for Walter and Phyllis, compared to Mike and Bridget’s.
The roles of the genders in both movies are different as well. Neff plans the entire murder and Phyllis is just watching, waiting for her money. However, in The Last Seduction, Bridget is the one, who has all the moves. The difference of women in two movies is symbolic. It shows how the role of women has changed in noir films with time. Phyllis looks like an innocent woman, who married a rich man and thought she’d be happy. Bridget, on the other hand, from the very beginning of the movie looks like a strong woman, who is not afraid of the opposite sex. Mike being previously a confident man was bewitched by Bridget. Of all four main characters in two movies, Mike was the one, who got the most of troubles. He didn’t want anybody to be dead and didn’t want to get rich in a way Bridget proposed. He was an average American, who wanted to move to a big city.
Double Indemnity is a classic film noir, directed in 1944 by Billy Wilder. The plot of the movie tells about an attractive insurance agent Walter Neff, who meets the fatal blonde, Phyllis. Phyllis charms Neff, manipulating him, and convincing him to relieve her from her abusive husband.