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|James Ellroy American Dog|
Actor: James Ellroy
Director: Clara Kuperberg
James Ellroy called the Demon Dog of American crime fiction was both cursed and blessed by his mother s brutal murder in 1958. Haunted by her death, Ellroy grew into a restless youth, prone to petty crime and alcoholism; b... more »
The Demon Dog Barks
LoneZome Traveler | Scottsdale, AZ | 11/24/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have to admit, I'm more a fan of James Ellroy's true life story than I am of his fiction.
Ellroy's memoir, My Dark Places, left me hungry for more from the writer who covers
the world of "peepers, perverts, pederasts, pedants, panty sniffers, punks and pimps."
James Ellroy, American Dog, delivers more. We ramble around LA, Ellroy's hometown, as
he delivers his take on true crime, the impact of his mother's murder on his life and psyche,
the Black Dahlia case and more. We prowl the streets of Hancock Park with Ellroy and we even
visit the county morgue with him. But viewer be advised: early in the film we are shown grisly
photos of the Elizabeth Short (Black Dahlia) crime scene -- that was a tough one to view.
In American Dog we also get to meet Bill Stoner, the LASD homicide detective who assisted Ellroy
in investigating his mother's murder. Alas, that case is beyond, cold -- it's frozen.
The "bonus" material includes Ellroy having dinner with friends on a couple of occasions at the Pacific
Dining Car restaurant. The tale he tells about visiting Nick Nolte at Nolte's home is hilarious.
The only problem I have with American Dog is that it is simply too short. The feature is barely an hour long.
I'm sure Clara and Robert Kuperberg had at least thirty more minutes of interesting tape they could have used.
If you don't already have My Dark Places in your home library, by all means buy it as a companion piece to
James Ellroy American Dog. It will be money well spent."
A gas for Ellroy fans
Amy M. Buckner | Pasadena, CA United States | 08/15/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Riffing on the topics covered in his brilliant "best selling, award winning" 1996 book My Dark Places, Ellroy takes us on a tour of his hometown both past and present in this short, entertaining film. Who would forsake the chance to hear the greatest novelist of our time riff on virtually everthing that matters in this world--namely, sex, death and Los Angeles? The filmmakers' nod to camp (dig the author lit Lugosi style, leaning languidly on a dangling dummy in an emptied LA mannequin factory) elicits morbid chuckles. Also, extras including Ellroy's conversations with Bruce Wagner at the Pacific Dining Car and the LAPD's touching presentation of the Jack Webb award are worth the price of admission."