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Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.
20th Anniversary Screening and Tribute to Oscar-winning writer-director Curtis Hanson
Q & A with Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger and Guy Pearce
Tuesday, May 9, at 7:30 PM at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre
Laemmle Theatres and the Anniversary Classics Series present a tribute to Oscar-winning writer-director Curtis Hanson with a 20th anniversary screening of his film noir masterpiece, L.A. Confidential. The film was nominated for nine Academy Awards in 1997 (including Best Picture and Best Director) and won two Oscars, Best Supporting Actress for Kim Basinger and Best Adapted Screenplay for Hanson and Brian Helgeland.
Based on James Ellroy’s acclaimed novel, the film focuses on Los Angeles police officers in the 1950s, whose investigations of several murders intersect with the worlds of Hollywood celebrities, scandal sheets, and organized crime. The startling critique of police brutality, racism, and corruption remains timely and hard-hitting. Ellroy himself praised the screenwriters, saying that Hanson and Helgeland “preserved the basic integrity of the book and its main theme.”
In the voluptuously engrossing “L.A. Confidential” (Warner Bros.), the corruption does more than burn with white-hot fervor; it becomes a life force unto itself. As the credits appear, we’re treated to idyllic newsreel images of Los Angeles in the ’50s (orange groves, sun-kissed revelers), set to ...