Devil in a Blue Dress
Director: Carl Franklin Run Time: 102 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1995
Starring: Denzel Washington, Don Cheadle, Jennifer Beals, Maury Chaykin, Tom Sizemore
Screenwriters: Walter Mosley, Carl Franklin
Producer: Gary Goetzman, Jesse Beaton
And to round out Noirvember with a little LA neo-noir, Denzel Washington and director Carl Franklin bring us this sultry adaptation of Walter Mosley’s smoky novel. In late 1940s Los Angeles, Easy Rawlins is an unemployed black World War II veteran with few job prospects. At a bar, Easy meets DeWitt Albright, a mysterious white man looking for someone to investigate the disappearance of a missing white woman named Daphne Monet, who he suspects is hiding out in one of the city’s black jazz clubs. Strapped for money and facing house payments, Easy takes the job, but soon finds himself in over his head. Smart, slick, and sexy with a mystery unraveling before your eyes as the jazz saxophone serenades your ears, this film sizzles from start to finish.