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James Ellroy's Feast of Death
James Ellroy's Feast of Death
Actor: James Ellroy
Director: James Ellroy
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Documentary
NR     2008     1hr 30min

LA CONFIDENTIAL author James Ellroy surfs the death vibe from the Dallas assassination site of US President John F. Kennedy to the Hollywood intersection where Black Dahlia Elizabeth Short s mutilated corpse was dumped in ...  more »


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Actor: James Ellroy
Director: James Ellroy
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Crime & Conspiracy
Format: DVD - Color,Anamorphic
DVD Release Date: 03/25/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Tasty But Only A Two Course Feast
born into this | Southwest Virginia | 05/31/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Features the author's comments about his Mother's murder as well as the famous Black Dahlia case. This is done while riding shotgun with an old detective friend and passing by old haunts (literally); and while dining with a sleu of seasoned detectives (hence the 'Feast' in the title). If you are allergic to f-bombs where a flak-jacket.

The action effectively shifts between the driving and dining scenes, supplemented by crime scene photos as well as domestic interview scenes with Ellroy and wife and among other things at a bookstore where we see Ellroy at his politically incorrect best.

Ellroy as always makes an interesting character study but the film itself is a bit incoherent in that it fails to stir the two cases into a satisfying stew. And I love free-wheeling table-talk but the detectives around the table seem reticent to opine. They are perhaps uncomfortable with the format or didn't wish to come across as stealing the show from the great man--who sits at the seat of honor and dominates discussion.

There's been so much made of Ellroy's Dark Places that it would have been refreshing to have more give and take dialogue that opened up into broader commentary. But it's still very compelling and must-see for anyone interested in the unsolved Black Dahlia case--The Black Dahlia expert delivers a very tight thesis.

Watch this as a warm-up or after-show party to L.A. Confidential.