The University of Iowa

‘L.A. Confidential’ Screening is April 28 in ‘Film After Noir’ Series

April 27th, 2011

The “Film After Noir,” series (the Spring 2011 Proseminar in Cinema and Culture) continues this Thursday, April 28, with a screening of L.A. Confidential (1997, Curtis Hanson, 134 min.), starting at 7 p.m. in 101 BCSB.

L.A. Confidential is an epic take on film after noir during an era in which big-budget feature films vie for audiences with “law and order” television series. Attention to visual and audio details evokes the postwar Los Angeles chronicled by James Ellroy in his L.A. Quartet.

The film follows three police detectives — played by Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, & Guy Pearce – whose rivalry uncovers long-term corruption between organized crime and the L.A.P.D. Supporting performances by Danny De Vito and Kim Basinger fill out the picture by linking tabloid coverage of Hollywood celebrity with drug trafficking and a prostitution ring whose hookers are modeled on noir actresses Rita Hayworth, Veronica Lake, and Lana Turner.

Steven Ungar, UI professor of French and Comparative Literature, will lead post-screening discussions.

The series is sponsored by UI International Programs, the Institute for Cinema and Culture and the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Ungar at or 319-335-0330.