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Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)

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Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director Carl Franklin Rating:10.0/10 (1 vote) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by frankasu03 on April 4th, 2014:Find all reviews by frankasu03
With complete authority, Director Carl Franklin delivers a top-notch commentary for one of his noir gems. "Devil in A Blue Dress" hints at a future filled with further collaborations between himself, Denzel Washington, and the vivid "Easy" character that Walter Moseley created. Sadly, the $22 Million film failed to capture the imagination of movie goers, just years before "L.A. Confidential" brought the post-war Los Angeles to everyone's attention. Back to the track; Carl delivers equal measures of production anecdotes, history lessons, and filmmaking technique to this commentary. Not to mention an inundation of info on music from the era. Perhaps it is his experience as an actor that allows Franklin to deliver all of this information in such a steady, self-assured manner. It makes for a hell of an engaging listen. He probably deals with less stress avoiding the ridiculous battles that come with feature film directing. For example, in "Devil," Franklin had to fight "tooth and nail" to keep Don Cheadle in the role of "Mouse." Seems ludicrous now to question that casting choice. Tales like this one abound in the commentary. Perhaps the most underrated director to come out of the Corman school of low-budget filmmaking, Carl Franklin brings such a unique visual style to each film. His commentary for "Devil" is no less unique. 10/10