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Big screen classics

L.A. Confidential

+ intro by Dr Martha Shearer, King’s College London

This classic neo-noir, based on James Ellroy’s novel, focuses on corruption and celebrity in 1950s Hollywood.

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USA 1997
Dir Curtis Hanson
With Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe, Kevin Spacey
Certificate 18

Upon release, this neo-noir became an ‘instant classic.’ Based on James Ellroy’s novel, and focusing on the LA police force in the 50s, it’s a note-perfect exploration of power, corruption and Hollywood celebrity, with an excellent ensemble cast. Kim Basinger’s role as the Veronica Lake-type escort in danger is worthy of being singled out.

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