"James Ellroy: American Dog"
Directed by Clara Kuperberg & Robert Kuperberg
"I am to the crime novel in specific what Tolstoy is
to the Russian novel and what Beethoven is to music," boasts James Ellroy,
an American crime fiction writer who was both cursed and blessed by his
mother's brutal murder in 1958. Haunted by the slaying, it became the focal
point of his work. In this stylish documentary, narrated by Ellroy himself,
the writer visits his "dark places," literally and figuratively, as he
returns to his mother's murder scene and ruminates on the meaning of her
death. As the author of L.A. Confidential and Black Dahlia,
Ellroy expanded the boundaries of hard-boiled fiction while also tapping
into the moody atmosphere of film noir - a legacy honored in American Dog.