The best Black Dahlia Movie You Have Never Seen

Lucie Arnaz as Elizabeth Short in Who Is The Black Dahlia? (1975) © Douglas S. Cramer Company
In the film, post-war Los Angeles is portrayed as a grim and seedy place full of dishonest and dangerous men. © Douglas S. Cramer Company
While newspapers exploited Elizabeth Short’s murder by sensationalising the case and making up details, who Was The Black Dahlia? steers clear of that. © Los Angeles Times
The shots in which the frame freezes and turns black and white reference the photographs published in newspapers and on police bulletins. © Douglas S. Cramer Company
Along with the viewer, Sgt. Harry Hansen (Efrem Zimbalist Jr.) slowly begins to truly care for the victim over the course of the investigation. © Douglas S. Cramer Company
In True Confessions (1982) and The Black Dahlia (2006) [above] the main focus isn’t on the victim but on the detective’s quest for redemption. © Universal Pictures

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Jelle Havermans (1994) is a visual artist and writer. He writes about horror, true crime and the history of photography and film.

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Jelle Havermans

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Jelle Havermans (1994) is a visual artist and writer. He writes about horror, true crime and the history of photography and film.

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