What Lies Behind Film Noir: the Making of L.A. Confidential
L.A. Confidential, an adaptation of James Ellroy‘s classic noir, came out with a bang in 1997 and won over public, critics and the Academy with two wins for Best Screenplay and Best Actress in a Supporting Role. Paying homage to Film Noir with great success after a long Hollywood break from the genre, L.A. Confidential is a film (with an incredible cast) worth watching and, if you haven’t read the script, reading.
Below is the full making-of of the movie, as well as the opening scene from the script and how it translated on screen. The book was optioned early on but thought it would be a good material for a TV Series.
The making-of retraces the origin of the movie adaptation, how Curtis Hanson and Brian Helgeland went on deciding what to keep and what to cut from the book and what happened when they showed their first draft to Ellroy. Then the difficulty of finding the right balance for a big budget movie that has no clear lead (8 speaking characters, and bothGuy Pearce and Russell Crowe were unknown Australian actors) and so many locations (45) and convince a Studio to get on board. From casting to building a cinematic language and choosing the music, there is much to enjoy from this making-0f narrated by Curtis Hanson.
Watch below and enjoy:
Read L.A. Confidential Opening Scene and Compare it to the Film Version:
As usual, notice the huge discrepancies between paper and screen, for the better. Although their length are equal (2 pages for the script, 2 minutes for the film), and their intentions the same, the film added a lot of layers with a voice over running all the way through the sequence and a fast paced editing:
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