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From the Archives: Making "L. A. Confidential."

Director Curtis Hanson and actor Russell Crowe from the film "L.A. Confidential." It's about corruption and retribution in L.A. in the 1950s and 60s and is adapted from the 1990 novel by James Ellroy. (James Ellroy is a previous Fresh Air guest whose memoir "My Dark Places" was about his mother's murder in L.A. in 1958) The film won best picture, best director and best screenplay awards from the New York Film critics circle and the LA film critics. It's also been nominated for 5 Golden Globe awards. (REBROADCAST from 9/18/97)


Other segments from the episode on January 2, 1998

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, January 2, 1998: Interview with Pam Grier; Interview with Elmore Leonard; Interview with Curtis Hanson and Russell Crowe; Commentary on the word "cult."


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