Abstract

This essay employs psychoanalytic theory to identify a fetishistic imperative in the perfect crime that Walter Neff endeavors to commit in Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity. By favoring ongoing manipulation over goal attainment and satisfaction, Walter Neff engages in a virtuoso cover-up that represents a paradigmatic noir deception, inviting viewers to fantasize that there may always be "more than meets the eye."

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2087
Print ISSN
0009-7101
Pages
pp. 18-43
Launched on MUSE
2005-09-19
Open Access
No
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