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James Ellroy: Demon Dog of American Crime Fiction (1998)



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English | German

Release Date:

25 March 1998 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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Fischer Film See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Terrific documentary about the hard-boiled author
8 May 2006 | by EdwardRollsSee all my reviews

Hard to find, but well worth it. This documentary was made in the early 90s, before the big-screen success of L.A. Confidential. Ellroy is a mesmerizing chronicler of crime and corruption in Los Angeles.

He touches on his obsession with the Black Dahlia, his mother's murder, and his own past as a drunk and petty criminal. Though his pitch is often wild, Ellroy comes off as astonishingly candid when discussing his mixed feelings about his mother's murder, or how he feels estranged from modern Los Angeles. Between the Ellroy segments, the film ispadded with lots of grainy atmospheric montages of LA life.

For fans of the author, especially those who have never seen him in person, this is a must-see documentary.

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