These shots from Double Indemnity and LA Confidential are very similar as well as different. The shot of Phyllis is more of a close up while the shot of Lynn is more of a medium closeup. We cannot see her whole body, but we see more than her face, which is different than the shot of Phyllis in Double Indemnity. Both shots are focused on each women's frightened expression and look of despair. When you first look at the shots, your face is immediately drawn to their facial expressions. Both shots are over the shoulder shots, which brings up a very important aspect to each picture. The camera is looking over the men's shoulders down to the women. The men have a great deal of power over the women in these shots. They are standing over them, while they are scared, very clearly demonstrating how much power they have because of the women's mistakes. Both of these shots are taken in very vital, emotional times in each movie.
In Double Indemnity, this picture was taken moments after Phyllis shot Walter and right before Walter shoots Phyllis. Phyllis demonstrates here what many woman character demonstrate in movies, the infamous quote that says, "you do not know what you have until it's gone." Phyllis shoots Walter, and then continues to tell him how much she loves him and how she is just realizing it. She has a scared, almost desperate look in her eyes as she looks at Walter. A desperate look for him to take her back. But all he says right in this moment is, "I'm sorry, baby." He then shoots her.
In La Confidential, Bud has just found out that Lynn has slept with Exley. He is furious while storming over to Lynn's house. He tries to hold in his anger but he cannot. He hits Lynn, the one thing that goes against every moral he has. He has always been very against abusing woman because of what his father did his mother. He disobeyed his own rule. Lynn in this shot is terrified, crying. She is scared of Bud and holds on to the wall after getting hit, showing that all she wants to do is get away from him. She looks at him as if he is a monster while Bud powerfully stands over her. Bud again storms away after, in shock with what he had done.
Power is a very important theme in both movies. These shots are not only over the shoulder shots, but high angle shots over the women's head, again demonstrating how much power each man has over the women because they have committed something wrong. Since we have been talking about power all year, it is very important to see in each shot in every movie who has the power, and how that power is being executed. The power is being executed here by having Walter and Bud look over the scared Phyllis and Lynn.