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."
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