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The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia
  • 2006
  • UK/Germany
  • 120 min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Brian De Palma
  • Written by: Josh Friedman
  • Cast: Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, Hilary Swank, Mia Kirshner, Mike Starr, Fiona Shaw
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A true Hollywood crime fictionalised in James Ellroy's novel with bags of potential as a money making movie. Add an obscenely glamorous cast and, surely, success? Well, no. The result underlines De Palma's foibles as a director, while the adaptation of Ellroy's source book is perplexingly loose and alarmingly trite in its conclusion. A half arsed riddle.

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The Black Dahlia

1 Sep 20063 stars

The facts: on 15 January 1947, a 22-year-old fledgling East Coast actress called Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Short was discovered brutally murdered in downtown LA. The murder of the actress the press dubbed ‘the Black Dahlia’ (because of the black outfits she…

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