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The Black Dahlia

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Original title
The Black Dahlia
Running time
115 min.
United States United States
Josh Friedman (Novel: James Ellroy)
Mark Isham
Vilmos Zsigmond
Co-production United States-Germany-France; Universal Pictures, Millennium Films, Signature Pictures, Equity Pictures Medienfonds GmbH & Co. KG III, Nu Image Entertainment GmbH, Art Linson Productions, Davis Films
Film noir. Thriller | Crime. 1940s. Mafia. Neo-noir
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James Ellroy Adaptations
Synopsis / Plot
Los Angeles, year 1947. Two policemen, friends and former boxers, Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett) and Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart) are in love with the same woman, the mysterious Kay Lake (Scarlett Johansson), former friend of a gangster. However, it is a terrible crime that the two are called on to investigate that changes their lives for ever: the murder of Elizabeth Short (Mia Kirshner), a girl with ambitions to be an actress, known as the Black Dahlia, who is found brutally murdered on the hillsides of Hollywood. During the course of the investigations, Bucky meets Madeleine Sprague (double Oscar-winner Hilary Swank) and begins a passionate relationship with her, although realising that she is indirectly involved in the crime, and that corruption and conspiracies dominate his police department. When his friend and colleague, Lee, suddenly disappears, for Bucky the investigation turns into a morbid obsession.
2006: Nominated for Oscar: Best Cinematography
2006: Nominated for Golden Lion in el Venice Film Festival: Best Director (Brian of Palma)
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