All the faults of the Ellroy novel (and I’m an Ellroy fan despite his excesses and eccentricities) are magnified in the film.  None of the relationships worked for me here, although the intricate storyline (with definite Chinatown overtones and a Kiss Me Deadly ending) has its moments.  I would have FF’d more, but I love Philip Marlowe-era LA and it was lovingly depicted here.  A gorgeous film and as noir as they come.


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