RARA-AVIS: Re: Ellroy's Crime Wave etc

Paul Duncan (paul.duncan@asml.nl)
Thu, 18 Nov 1999 11:08:57 +0100


Sorry, I should have been more precise. The trade paperback edition is just out in the UK, and it is that which I read/reviewed for CT.


> I got Crime Wave for my birthday in September,
> and was struck by the use of real characters in
> situations that if they were still alive, would end up with a major libel
> case,(Hush-hush, Tijuana Mon Amour and Hollywood Shakedown) the ones
> regarding Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jnr, Ida Lupino, Rock Hudson et al

In public, Ellroy is quite happy to shock and relate the latest gossip.
(I snipped this stuff out of the interview I did with Dog, as he likes to be called.) I think it is part of his on-going crusade to demythologise Hollywood - they are ordinary people, like us, subject to the same desires and faults.


> Going through the latest update from Video Search, I noticed Perdita
> Durango, starring Rosie Perez. Now I'm assuming this is based on the
> Barry Gifford novella, featuring the character who also appeared in Wild
> at Heart. Has anyone seen it? Is it any good?

Yes, it is based on one of Gifford's short stories. Haven't seen the movie. The story was also turned into a comic strip a few years back, under the Neon Lit imprint (not very good, it must be said).

Ellroy's Brown's Requiem

I see this has been turned into a movie. Any good?

Ellroy's Black Dahlia

I hear that David Fincher (Seven, Fight Club) is making this into a movie.

Ellroy's Suicide Hill

Ed Bunker, ex-con and excellent novelist in his own right, has written a screenplay based on this Lloyd Hopkins novel. Don't know the status of this at the moment.

- paul

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