over 3 years
great photography and camera work, confusing script from a great novel, a sad thing to see
over 6 years
Garbage attempt at Noir it never catches the atmosphere of those and is poorly driven
over 6 years
almost 7 years
The book was so good. Too bad the movie just flat out didn't work.
The Black Dahlia is a 2006 neo noir crime film directed by Brian De Palma. It is based on the novel of the same name by James Ellroy, writer of L.A. Confidential and starred Josh Hartnett, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Eckhart and Hilary Swank. The story is based on the murder of Elizabeth Short. The film had its world premiere as the opening film at the 63rd Venice Film Festival on August 30, 2006. The film's wide release was on September 15, 2006. Despite the film being both a critical and financial failure, the film was nominated for Best Cinematography at the 79th Academy Awards, but lost to Pan's Labyrinth.
In Los Angeles, California, on January 15, 1947, two LAPD Police Officers Dwight 'Bucky' Bleichert (Josh Hartnett) and Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart), investigate the murder of Elizabeth Short (Mia Kirshner). As Lee is investigating the case, Bucky falls in love with Lee's girlfriend Katherine 'Kay' Lake (Scarlett Johansson). Lee grows more obsessive and abusive and soon disappears...