Writer James Ellroy and L.A. Confidential Kick Off New Alamo Film Series Saturday

Revered American crime novelist James Ellroy is coming to Denver this weekend to kick off an exciting new film series at the Alamo Drafthouse. On Saturday, September 26, Ellroy will host a screening of Curtis Hanson’s 1997 film L.A. Confidential, which was based on Ellroy’s novel of the same name. That will be the start of the Alamo series that Ellroy is curating; other films are TBD.

Ellroy is best-known for writing about his fascination with American crime, most often focusing on the underbelly of Los Angeles — and especially that of famed Hollywood Babylon. A second Ellroy book, The Black Dahlia, was made into a film in 2006.

L.A. Confidential, which starred Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Kim Basinger, was nominated for nine Academy Awards in 1997 and won two: Kim Basinger for Best Supporting Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. The film follows members of the L.A. Police Department as tangle with police corruption, Hollywood intrigue and more, all circa the 1950s. 

Bringing all formats together on Saturday, the Tattered Cover Bookstore — which just opened a location in Aspen Grove — will be at the Alamo with various Ellroy novels available for purchase before and after the screening.

L.A. Confidential with novelist James Ellroy in person starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 26, at Alamo Drafthouse, 7301 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton. Tickets are $11.25 and you can reserve your seat now at drafthouse.com.

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