Big screen classics

Devil in a Blue Dress

This stylish adaptation of Walter Mosley’s thriller has memorably fine performances by Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle.

Image from Devil in a Blue Dress

USA 1995
Dir Carl Franklin
With Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Jennifer Beals, Don Cheadle
Certificate 15

Carl Franklin’s expert adaptation of Walter Mosley’s thriller sees financially stretched WWII veteran Easy Rawlins (Washington) agreeing to search for a politician’s missing fiancée – only to find himself suspected of murder and at risk from cops and gangsters alike. A meticulous recreation of late-40s LA combines with strong performances and a snappy script to provide an insightful tale of money, race and power.

The screening on Wednesday 17 November will be introduced by Empire Magazine Contributing Editor Amon Warmann.