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The Black Dahlia
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Directed By
Brian DePalma

Written By:
James Ellroy, Josh Friedman

Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart, Mia Kirshner, Hilary Swank, Mike Starr, Fiona Shaw, Patrick Fischler, Troy Evans, Pepe Serna, Angus MacInnes, Rachel Miner, Anthony Russell, John Kavanagh, James Otis, James Otis

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The Black Dahlia (2006)
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Movie Review by Zara
February 21st, 2007


I wonder if people really just didn't get this film. Based (very) loosely on the real life case of a young woman murdered in Hollywood back in the 1940's, this wasn't meant to solve the crime. It wasn't meant to be the modern day cinematic equivalent of CSI. The theories put out there in the movie are from a fictional novel that supposes certain things happened. Haven't there been a bunch of people who have chosen to theorize about famous cases? Hell, even with our modern day forensic equipment, there's still speculation.

So, remove the fact that this movie wasn't meant to solve the case and ask yourself: Was it an entertaining flick? It's a tad too all over the place for my tastes, but it does manage to hark back to some of the feeling that L.A. CONFIDENTIAL drummed up. There are great costumes, pretty girls with that pin-up make-up and lots of suggestive moments.

This is a movie that wants to be bigger than it really is. Being that it's attached to Brian DePalma, the director famous for the movie SCARFACE, people were expecting too much and not accepting of what was put right in front of them. This is a shiny veneer of a movie. I fail to understand how if that's acceptable for certain movies and not for others if there is a certain name attached to the film.

Besides, I think SCARFACE was adequate too. Watch it again. Most people think it's great and haven't really sat through it in a long time. It's a shiny veneer on the drug mafioso world. THE BLACK DAHLIA is just a shiny veneer on film noir. Big f*cking difference.

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Aug 29, 2007 10:22 AM
I think you hit the head on the nail here. This is one that was too all over the place, and to me, drawn out. I couldn't even make it through the movie and believe me, given all the hype about this movie, I wanted to.

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