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Festivale Spring 1997

LA Confidential

The newsreel sets the scene, it's L.A. in the glad, old, bad, old, days. The days when men were real tough jerks, and women were just dames, and the police only beat a confession out of the crooks who deserved it.

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Kim Basinger is a Veronica Lake-lookalike, part of a stable of celebrity look-alike prostitutes. Guy Pearce is achingly keen as the honest, but ambitious cop. Russell Crowe is the tough, underestimated, cop with a soft spot for damsels in distress. And Danny De Vito is the slimy, manipulative editor of the L.A. Confidential.

It's a murder-mystery/crime/police procedural, you know the type. But it is done well. Watch the people come out of a theatre and you will be able to judge a film.

The people coming out of L.A. Confidential were laughing. It is a bit bloody at times, but it moves along at a cracking pace and it has enough twists to not be completely predictable.

by Ali Kayn

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Title: L.A. Confidential
Written by: James Ellroy, Curtin Hanson & Brian Helgeland, novel by James Ellroy
Directed by: Curtis Hanson
Produced by: Curtis Hanson; Brian Helgeland (co-producer); Dan Kolsrud (exec); Arnon Milchan' Michael G. Nathanson; David L. Wolper (exec)
Edited by Peter Honess 
Director of Photography: Dante Spinotti 

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The Players: Russell Crowe, Kim Basinger, Guy Pearce, James Cromwell, Danny De Vito
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