After watching the two movies, Double Indemnity and La Confidential, I was able to make many comparisons with the plot, scenery, and characters within each movie. Double Indemnity is a movie about a man, Walter Neff, who falls under the scheming plan of Phyllis Dietrichson to murder her husband in order to get the money for the accident policy. After the plan goes through, both Walter and Phyllis begin to feel suspicious of each other's motives. Walter is ashamed of himself for breaking his morals for money and a girl. At the very end, due to there suspicions, both Phyllis and Walter kill each other.
Similar to Double Indemnity, La Confidential is about the teamwork of two police officers, Bud White and Ed Exely, who work together to solve a case only to find out the corruption and truth behind the dark world of L.A Crime. In both these movies, Ed Exely and Walter Neff break there morals. In La Confidential, Ed Exely always said to Dudley that he would never shoot, beat, or plant corroborative evidence on a person who he felt was guilty. This is what made Ed different from the L.A Police team. Ed was fair and always used his morals and brain before assuming someone was guilty. By the middle of the movie, we see Ed fall under his words and morals as he shoots a African American who the L.A Police team believes was involved in a crime. The expression on his face, as seen in picture 48, shows Ed after he shot the suspected African American. Ed's face is covered in blood. His expression looks as if he is a wild, hungry animal. Ed looks both out of control and stunned at the act he has just done. He feels guilty about the person who he has become while working for the L.A police department. This is completely opposite to the Ed we were introduced to in the very beginning of the movie who was clean cut, poised, and fair. This shot is a low angle shot, were viewers look up to Ed. This makes Ed seem more powerful like Dudley and the other officers who were usually taller than Ed in beginning shots. This angle shows another reference to Ed being compared to the corrupt officers, who he has become, due to the angle the camera is positioned at. This shot is a one person shot and highlights Ed's face. Another important fact about this shot is Ed's apparel. Ed is in a suit. This represents the old Ed who was fair, and elegant. This is completely opposite to Ed's face which is tainted and smeared with blood showing corruption, savageness-- the new man Ed has become.
This shot of Ed's guilty face is similar to the shot of Walter Neffs in picture 19. This shot is a close up, single shot of his face. Walter's face catches the light by shadowing the background. This is important because viewers are only able to concentrate on Walter's emotions. This picture shows Walter's guilty and shameful face after he strangled Mr. Diertrichson for Phyllis and the accident policy money. Walter is disgraced at the person who he has become, similar to Ed in L.A Confidential. Walter went against his morals for a scheming girl and money. He no longer knew who he had become. This can be seen when Walter says "I couldn't even hear my own footsteps," showing that Walter no longer knows himself after he committed these crimes, just like Ed.
Overall both these pictures are similar in that they both represent two young man who fell under the influence of corrupt people. These two characters show the same shameful and guilty emotion on there face after they committed a crime against there morals