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A TRUE BEHIND THE SCENES STORY:
The murder victim at the center of the story is alternately played by an ex-playboy model and a full-sized wax casting of her. Supervising the makeup for actress as well as the wax dummy was the renoun makeup artist, Michael Westmore of Star Trek fame. Also, to ensure realism, a L.A. Deputy Coroner served as technical advisor.
However, dispite assurances from Michael and the technical advisor that the "body" looked very real, the director wasn't happy with the skin color. As he said, "it's not a matter of what a REAL body looks like, it's what the audience THINKS a real body looks like." So, Michael loaded the wax dummy in the back seat of his car to take it back his studio. Can you guess what happened next? Driving down the freeway, someone saw the wax dummy in the back of Michael's car and called the police. Subsequently, he was stopped by a roadblock and police with drawn guns. So, obviously the dummy looked real to someone.
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One of my favorite movies of all time.
The director: A former diamond cutter in his native Belgium, Ulu Grosbard was educated at the University of Chicago, then attended the... Read more
An excellent low key period piece. Two of the greatest actors of the late 20th century as brothers in opposition. Very compelling.Published 1 month ago by Bob Lewis
If you love slow dramas and detective stories, you'll love this film. Masterful performances from two of the best actors (R. De Niro & R. Duvallin) in the business!Published 1 month ago by Michael Williams
Robert DeNiro and Robert Duval are wonderful in this well written story.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Seeing two very great actors in this movie but still has a sad ending.Published 2 months ago by Marilyn J. Moore
Film noir drama about 2 brothers holding very different positions in Los Angeles society while the Black Dahlia is discovered cut in half in a vacant lot just outside Hollywood. Read morePublished 2 months ago by urbanres
great potential but just didnt get there. perhaps the director and screen writer assumed viewers knew all about the Black Dahlia murder and the subequent investigations. Read morePublished 2 months ago by bert