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James Ellroy Approves 'Dahlia' Adaptation

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Sep 05, 2006 | 8:42am EDT

American novelist James Ellroy is delighted with Brian De Palma's big-screen adaptation of his best-selling novel The Black Dahlia.

Ellroy, whose books L.A. Confidential and Wonder Boys have also been turned into movies, is amazed the Scarface filmmaker was able to turn such a long novel into a perfectly abridged film--without losing any of its substance.

He says, "It's a brilliantly conceived and executed abridgment of what is a very long novel. In its form it is very beautiful, more so than I could have imagined.

"When the producer told me that Brian De Palma had been signed up, I was over the moon."

The Black Dahlia, which stars real-life lovers Scarlett Johansson and Josh Hartnett, follows two detectives investigating the murder of a 1940s actress.

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