1950’s Los Angeles is the seedy backdrop for this intricate noir-ish tale of police corruption and Hollywood sleaze. Three very different cops are all after the truth, each in their own style: Ed Exley, the golden boy of the police force, willing to do almost anything to get ahead, except sell out; Bud White, ready to break the rules to seek justice, but barely able to keep his raging violence under control; and Jack Vincennes, always looking for celebrity and a quick buck until his conscience drives him to join Exley and White down the one-way path to find the truth behind the dark world of L.A. crime. —IMDb
Curtis Lee Hanson (born March 24, 1945) is an American film director, film producer and screenwriter. His directing work includes The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992), L.A. Confidential (1997), Wonder Boys (2000), 8 Mile (2002), and In Her Shoes (2005).
Hanson was born in Reno, Nevada and grew up in Los Angeles, the son of Beverly June, a real estate agent, and Wilbur Hale “Bill” Hanson, a teacher. Hanson dropped out of high school, finding work as a freelance photographer and editor for Cinema magazine.
In 1970, Hanson co-wrote The Dunwich Horror , an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short story. Hanson wrote and directed his next feature Sweet Kill in 1973, then in 1978 wrote and produced The Silent Partner, starring Elliot Gould and Christopher Plummer. As the 1980s and 1990s began, he directed a string of comedies and dramas. He did thrillers, too: many of them would deal with people who would lose a sense of control or security when facing danger and the threat of… read more
Complessivamente un buon film.Ottimo ritmo,ambientazioni notevoli e curate, personaggi diversi ed intriganti, anche se il binomio-collusione malavita-polizia è già stato ampiamente trattato.Nei contro metterei una fotografia a volte troppo patinata e una trama che,specie nella seconda parte,diventa un pò difficile da seguire.L'Oscar a Kim Basinger è di manica molto larga.Un discreto noir con un cast importante.3*
Re-watched it recently, and it still holds up as my own private "Citizen Kane".
While in college i had the good fortune of reading the script for L.A. Confidential just before I saw it for the first time. If you’ve never done it before, reading a script ahead of a screening… read review
D’emblée, le film de Curtis Hanson pose une ambiance qui est absolument délectable. Même si je n’ai pas lu le roman d’Ellroy, c’est typiquement le genre d’ambiance que l’écrivain savait instaurer et… read review
“L.A. Confidential”, is one of the best films in many years, no, of the last 2 decades. It is an essential and a standard piece of filmmaking that I think many filmmakers these days, doesn’t accomplish… read review