The Black Dahlia (DVD)

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The Black Dahlia (DVD)

Based on the novel by James Ellroy (L.A. CONFIDENTIAL), THE BLACK DAHLIA stars Josh Hartnett and Aaron Eckhart as a pair of LAPD detectives assigned t...

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“Nothing stays buried”

published 28/01/2009

ProNot awful, some good performances

ConsDidn't grab me, visually too busy

Two policemen, Dwight Bleichert (known as Bucky) and Lee Blanchard become involved in the investigation into the murder of Elizabeth Short, a wannabe actress who was found badly mutilated. Bucky and Lee are friends, but their friendship takes a complicated turn when the investigation begins to...

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Pro Looks Good

Cons Practically Everything Else

The Black Dahlia is set in 1940s Los Angeles. Two cops, Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett) and his partner, Lee Blanchard, investigate the death of Elizabeth Short, a young woman found brutally murdered. Bucky soon realizes that his girlfriend had ties to the deceased, and soon after that, he begins...

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“Fade to Black”

published 12/10/2006

ProIt looks great

ConsThe direction is lurid, the writing sub-standard a...

One of California's most gruesome unsolved crimes is the murder of failed starlet Elizabeth Short. Based on James Ellroy's novel of the same name, "The Black Dahlia" follows two detectives as they investigate the horrific killing. Former boxers Bucky Bleichert and Lee Blanchard are a chalk and...

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“Let the blood flow...”

published 28/10/2006

ProHilary Swank has a buff bottom.

ConsHer bottom is buffer than Harnetts...

"I've seen better films on the Lifetime Network"... ~ Quote from a little old lady in the ladies room after exiting the Saturday matinee of The Black Dahlia ~ Look, there are just some people out there that will watch anything simply because it is 'the thing to see'. The reason I saw this film...

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“The Black Dahlia”

published 01/06/2007

ProCaptures the era well and i like the way the secre...

ConsNot 100% true to the book, it cut alot of parts ou...

Directed by Brian De Palma, this 1940's-style film is an good adaptation of the novel (of the same name) written by the brilliant crime writer, James Ellroy. It was relesed in September 2006 and hosts a number of stars taking big roles including; Josh Hartnett (of 40 Days and 40 Nights), Scarlett...

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Not for me

“boring dahlia is soo black”

published 22/12/2006

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well, where to start?? i should say the beginning but i found this film so boring i could barely watch which made it really hard to keep track of. some fils grab you at the start and pull you in this had me wanting to find something else to do. the only good thing about this film was the gory...

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Based on the novel by James Ellroy (L.A. CONFIDENTIAL), THE BLACK DAHLIA stars Josh Hartnett and Aaron Eckhart as a pair of LAPD detectives assigned to the most notorious murder in Hollywood history. Director Brian De Palma (SCARFACE, THE UNTOUCHABLES) takes time to establish the relationship between Buddy Bleichert, Lee Blanchard, and their mutual love Kay (Scarlett Johanssen), before introducing the 1947 murder after which the film is named. In the haunting screen-tests left behind after her mysterious death, aspiring actress Elizabeth Short appears to want fame so badly, she’ll do anything to get it. Her pornographic film appearances, and a rumoured affair with narcissist heiress Madeleine Linscott (Hillary Swank), provide just two clues in a sea of confusion. THE BLACK DAHLIA crams every subplot from Ellroy’s novel into two hours, but only connects them towards the end of the movie. The screen-tests featuring a sadly desperate Elizabeth Short (Mia Kirshner) are captivatingly filmed in gritty black-and-white. These scenes succeed in showing the industry ugliness most likely behind Elizabeth's death, while the rest of the film self-consciously strives to be noir through elaborate set design, dramatic camera angles, and narration taken straight from the book. If De Palma’s goal was to make us examine our own voyeuristic fascination with murder, particularly the gruesome murder of a beautiful young woman, then he succeeds, because throughout a film invested in so many different storylines, Short’s remains the most interesting one.

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