James Ellroy's Feast of Death
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LA CONFIDENTIAL author James Ellroy surfs the death vibe from the Dallas assassination site of US President John F. Kennedy to the Hollywood intersection where Black Dahlia Elizabeth Short s mutilated corpse was dumped in 1948.
Part procedural, part confessional, FEAST OF DEATH is an uncensored carnival ride through Ellroy s dark places, conducted in fearless fashion by a teenage sneak thief turned celebrated author of crime books written in blood, seminal fluid and napalm.
See Ellroy return to the location of his mother s 1958 rape and murder, which continues to haunt the Demon Dog of American crime fiction 50 years after the fact.
See Ellroy on a profane trip down memory lane to the scenes of his boyhood crimes and misdemeanors.
See Ellroy in skull sessions with LAPD cops and journalists as they name a suspect in the unsolved Black Dahlia case.
A hit at the 2001 Toronto Film Festival, FEAST OF DEATH was directed by Vikram Jayanti (producer of WHEN WE WERE KINGS, 1997 Academy Award® for Best Documentary ) and features an evocative score by Rob Lane (AILEEN: LIFE AND DEATH OF A SERIAL KILLER).
Excellent! --Hollywood Elsewhere
FEAST OF DEATH perfectly captures the feverish intensity of (Ellroy s) prose --The Hollywood Reporter
Top customer reviews
The action effectively shifts between the driving and dining scenes, supplemented by crime scene photos as well as domestic interview scenes with Ellroy and wife and among other things at a bookstore where we see Ellroy at his politically incorrect best.
Ellroy as always makes an interesting character study but the film itself is a bit incoherent in that it fails to stir the two cases into a satisfying stew. And I love free-wheeling table-talk but the detectives around the table seem reticent to opine. They are perhaps uncomfortable with the format or didn't wish to come across as stealing the show from the great man--who sits at the seat of honor and dominates discussion.
There's been so much made of Ellroy's Dark Places that it would have been refreshing to have more give and take dialogue that opened up into broader commentary. But it's still very compelling and must-see for anyone interested in the unsolved Black Dahlia case--The Black Dahlia expert delivers a very tight thesis.
Watch this as a warm-up or after-show party to L.A. Confidential.