L.A. Confidential is a 1997 American neo-noir crime film directed, produced and co-written by Curtis Hanson.The screenplay by Hanson and Brian Helgeland is based on James Ellroy's 1990 novel of the same name, the third book in his L.A. Quartet series.
- Warner Bros were unenthusiastic about the project. Warner Bros had picked up the rights to James Ellroy‘s novel soon after publication, and Brian Helgeland, who was working on other projects with the studio at the time, pursued the job, but was deemed too inexperienced.
- The adaptation is faithful in the broad strokes, but very, very different from the book. Given the sprawling, multi-character nature of the book, it’s no surprise that Helgeland and Hanson had to depart from the source material in their ultimately Oscar-winning screenplay.
- Hanson held a mini film-festival for cast and crew in the run up to the start of production. It’s fairly common practice for a filmmaker to round up a selection of their inspirations for a new project in preparation of filming, and screen them for cast and crew — Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan are among those well known for the practice of late.
- The film was mostly shot on location, despite being a period piece. One of the ways that Hanson and co. made the film viable on a mere $35 million budget was by vowing to shoot as much as possible on standing L.A.
What's the story? Based on a book by leading crime author James Ellroy, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL recreates a Los Angeles in the 1950s where organized crime, corruption, and Hollywood culture mingled. Saga-like narrative (hard)boils down to three gutsy, basically honest but flawed LAPD officers.
However, LA Confidential is a true ensemble piece, and everybody holds their own among the starry cast. Few will have made many better films, before or since. Curtis Hanson directs in a career-defining role, the sweeping direction echoing the sprawling nature of both the story and the city.
L.A. Confidential is loaded with star power and filmed in a style of films thirty years it's senior. Based on a true story, Three L.A. Detectives, with different reputations and personalities, team up to solve a brutal murder that involves one of their own.
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