Brian De Palma returns with his first film since 2002’s Femme Fatale, a film that I think is underrated. Joining him is a good cast, strong material, and a great looking trailer. It is also another film that is inspired by true events.
The story takes the real events and weaves a fictional story around them, and like another reality-based film opening soon, Hollywoodland, is a mystery which remains unsolved to this day. The case at hand is the brutal 1947 murder of B film star Betty Ann Short, aka The Black Dahlia. It was a crime so brutal that the photos were never released.
Aaron Eckhart and Josh Hartnett star as Lee Blanchard and Bucky Bleichert, the detectives brought in to investigate the case. Each man is affected in different ways as the investigation progresses, leading to unhealthy relationships with their loved ones.
Co-starring are Mia Kershner as Betty, Scarlett Johansson as Eckhart’s significant other, and Hilary Swank as the daughter of a wealthy family who has a relationship with the deceased, which attracts Hartnett.
The trailer has a great look that captures the hard-boiled look and feel of the 1940s, complete with voiceover from Josh Hartnett. Frankly, I cannot wait for this, it looks fantastic and like it might be De Palma’s best in years.
The trailer is online and ready for your entertainment. The Black Dahlia is being released by Universal Pictures on September 15, 2006.
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