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A documentary about film noir films made in Los Angeles. (imdb)
James Ellroy's L.A.: City of Demons (2011) - TV Series
Focuses on true crime in Los Angeles, primarily in the 40's, 50's, and 60's.
Woody Harrelson gives a ferocious performance as a dirty cop, balancing a home life with two ex-wives as he becomes embroiled in the Los Angeles Police Department's infamous Rampart corruption scandal. (tiff.net)
Tom Ludlow is a veteran LAPD cop who finds life difficult to navigate after the death of his wife. When evidence implicates him in the execution of a fellow officer, he is forced to go up against the cop culture he's been a part of his entire career, ultimately leading him to question the loyalties of everyone around him. (imdb)
Film Noir: Bringing Darkness to Light (2006) - Direct-to-Video
Film Noir burrows into the mind; it's disorienting, intriguing and enthralling. Noir brings us into a gritty underworld of lush morbidity, providing intimate peeks at its tough, scheming dames, mischievous misfits and flawed men - all caught in the wicked web of a twisted fate. (imdb)
James Ellroy: American Dog (2006) - Direct-to-Video
Documentary about the crime novelist, James Ellroy.
The Black Dahlia weaves a fictionalized tale of obsession, love, corruption, greed and depravity around the brutal murder of a fledgling Hollywood starlet that shocked and fascinated the nation in 1947 and remains unsolved today. (Universal Pictures)
A documentary presented by James Ellroy, about Missouri-based serial killer Bob Berdella, who raped, tortured and murdered young men in the 1980s until his sixth victim managed to escape.
L.A. Confidential (2003) - TV Movie
A shooting at an all night diner is investigated by three LA policemen in their own unique ways. (imdb)
L.A. Sheriff's Homicide (2003) - TV Movie
It's another night in L.A. County 187 for policeman Walter Drazin and his team, but when they find the corpses of an Asian family in a burned down club, arson and murder come to the fore. As Drazin investigates the guests of the club, the sordid truth about the city's underworld activities rears its ugly head. (imdb)
Over the course of four days, a brutal murder and a racially charged trial trigger and explosive chain of events that resonate throughout Los Angeles. While navigating through the tumultuous neighborhoods of South Central L.A., two of the LAPD's elite Special Investigations Squad officers (Russell, Speedman) must track down cold-blooded killers and also face their own demons, which prove to be more ruthless than the criminals they pursue. (MGM)
In the spirit of Waiting for Guffman and Spinal Tap , DAS BUS combines real and staged events alongside archival footage as viewers experience "BUS CULTURE" in the "Bible Belt" metropolis of Kansas City. With Guest appearances by crime novelist James Ellroy and Tech N9NE, DAS BUS is a thought provoking romp that will confront everyone's attitude about public transportation. (imdb)
A strange film employing old home movies and newly shot footage in an effort to expose one Hungarian family and their mutiple problems from the 1940s to current. Narrated by James Ellroy, Stan Brakhage, and Dr. Roy Menninger. (imdb)
A documentary about James Ellroy and his fascination with unsolved murder cases, especially those of his mother, and the similar, infamous, Black Dahlia murder. (imdb)
Grady Tripp (Douglas) is a 50-ish English professor who hasn't had a thing published in years -- not since he wrote his award-winning Great American Novel seven years ago. It's hardly surprising, then that his college's annual literary festival fills the former wonder boy with more than his usual quota of self-doubt and anxiety. This festival weekend, however, proves even worse than he could have imagined as he finds himself reeling from one misadventure to another in the company of a new wonder boy, his most gifted writing student James Leer (Maguire). (Paramount Pictures)
L.A. Confidential: Off the Record... (1998) - Short Film
The making of classic 1997 film "L.A. Confidential" featuring several key collaborators.
Fritz Brown is an ex-LAPD, recovering alcoholic who now splits his time repossessing cars for a used car lot and staffing his one-man private detective agency.
A shooting at an all night diner is investigated by three LA policemen in their own unique ways.
A political and social history of Los Angeles, using old stills and news footage, contemporary footage, and commentary. Corona is our guide for East Los Angeles, Henry for Hollywood, Hockney for the art scene, Young for Beverly Hills, Collette and Norman for Central Avenue and music, Margaret Crawford and Joan Didion for the San Fernando Valley, James Ellroy for noir, Frank Wilkinson on land use and L.A.'s poor, and, throughout, the observations of Mike Davis, social historian. (imdb)