Black Dahlia opening scene

Discussion in 'The Moving Picture' started by Naama, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. Naama

    Naama Practically Family

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    I just saw The Black Dahlia yesterday, and I was quite clueless as with what was going on in the opening scene. A lot of sailors fighting with the police..... Was there some historic event? Did that really happen? And what was it all about? (maybe something americans know?)




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  2. Inky

    Inky One Too Many

    Honestly I've never seen that movie, but I'll take a stab that it may have been the infamous "Zoot Suit Riots" in Los Angeles during 1943.
     
  3. flat-top

    flat-top My Mail is Forwarded Here

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    That's exactly what it was.
     
  4. Craig Robertson

    Craig Robertson One of the Regulars

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    Yes, it was the Zoot Suit Riots. I suggest you read the book by James Ellroy. It makes a lot more sense than the movie.
     
  5. BegintheBeguine

    BegintheBeguine My Mail is Forwarded Here

    I don't think I was aware of the riots until I read the James Ellroy book, which I recommend incidentally, and that's all I know about them so I clicked on the thoughtfully provided Wikipedia link.
    After scrolling to the bottom of the page, you know I had to click on Clothing Controversies!
     
  6. Inky

    Inky One Too Many

    I love to read about this particular time in Los Angeles history, and have a fondness for the Zoot Suit look, so here is another very good article about the very controversial suits.

    Zoot Suits were controversial just by virtue of who wore them and the public's perception of that group of people, and then again because of war time rationing.

    I've nearly convinced my husband he needs one ;) He's tall but needs to be a bit more slender to get away with the look. But he'd look mighty dapper in a good Zoot Suit.
     
  7. Edward

    Edward Bartender

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    I convinced myself a while back that I "need" a zoot suit..... now all I have to do is convince myself I'd have somewhere to actually wear it.... Not exactly one for the office..... ;)
     
  8. Naama

    Naama Practically Family

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    Ah! Thanks for the links! Pretty interisten!




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  9. jake_fink

    jake_fink Call Me a Cab

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    The only part of the movie that did - almost - make any sense. Now if only someone could make heads or tails of the bit about the building, it's ownership and the incineration of Aaron Eckhart. :eusa_doh:
     
  10. BellyTank

    BellyTank I'll Lock Up

    That film was so bad, I had to turn it off.


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  11. Doh!

    Doh! One Too Many

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    Book = thumbs up.

    Movie = thumbs way, way down.
     
  12. resortes805

    resortes805 Call Me a Cab

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    Black Dahlia really needed to be filmed as a prequel to LA Confidential; since the same characters exist in Ellroy's universe.
     

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