Under the title ‘Best Movies’, grossing cinematic direction in 1997, ‘L. A. Confidential’ will be screened 6 pm on November 3 at the American Center, Colombo 3.
Based on the 1990 crime fiction novel of the same title by James Ellroy, the third in his L.A. Quartet novel cycle the film is produced and directed by Curtis Hanson and co-written by Hanson and Brian Helgeland.
Set against the backdrop of the glamor, grit and noir of early 1950s Los Angeles, the film revolves around three Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers caught up in corruption, sex, lies, and murder following a multiple murder at the Nite Owl coffee shop. The story expands to encompass organized crime, political corruption, heroin, pornography, prostitution, tabloid journalism and institutional racism, which result in a huge body count.
The City of Angels might be sunny, inviting, and glamorous to the rest of the world, but it’s also filled with corrupt cops, elegant hookers, murder cover-ups, and manipulative paparazzi, all of which are just the tip of the iceberg. It’s impossible to know exactly who’s trustworthy and who’s not as three detectives (Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, and Guy Pearce) each use their own tactics to investigate a coffee-shop massacre.
The film stars Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, James Cromwell, Danny DeVito and David Strathairn.