The Black Dahlia

The Black Dahlia
  • 2006
  • UK / Germany
  • 2h
  • 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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