The Role Of Sigmund Freud In Double Indemnity

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In 1944, Billy Wilder directed an award winning film noir Double Indemnity. Film noir was a popular genre of film during the 1940’s. Film noirs were crime dramas placing an emphasis on sexual motivations. In addition, film noirs were recognized by movie critics for the dark lighting and themes expressed throughout the films. In Double Indemnity, Walter Neff, an insurance salesman, perfectly fits the role of the anti-hero seen in many film noirs. In Double Indemnity, Walter Neff expresses the theory of Sigmund Freud through his internal conflict between the id, ego, and superego, eventually allowing his id to override all psychological components and succumb to his want for sexual pleasure with Phyllis Dietrichson. Walter Neff perfectly symbolizes

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