James Ellroy

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Past Events

Criss Cross (1949)

Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. Starring: Burt Lancaster, Dan Duryea, Yvonne De Carlo Screenplay by: Daniel Fuchs, from Don Tracy’s novel of the same name. Directed by: Robert Siodmak Romantic, obsessive Steve Thompson is drawn back to L.A. to make another try for Anna, his former wife. However, Anna belongs now to the L.A. underworld. Steve believes he can rescue her, ignoring the advice and warnings of people who would try to save him.

Stray Dog (1949)

**Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. This special program is of six noir films was programmed by Eddie Muller and James Ellroy. ** Director: Akira Kurosawa Written by: Akira Kurosawa, Ryuzo Kikushima Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Awaji Among the first Japanese detective films; Kurasawa attributed his inspiration for the script to Jules Dassin’s The Naked City and the works of Georges Simenon.

Noir City: Six noirs programmed by Eddie Muller and James Ellroy

**Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. This special program is of six noir films was programmed by Eddie Muller and James Ellroy. ** Friday, 3⁄23 7:00 p.m. - The Prowler 9:30 p.m. - The Lineup Saturday, 3⁄24 7:00 p.m. - Wicked as They Come 9:30 p.m. - 711 Ocean Drive Sunday, 3⁄25 3:30 p.m. - I Walk Alone

High School Confidential (1956)

Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. Stars: Russ Tamblyn, Jan Sterling, John Drew Barrymore, Mamie Van Doren Written By: Robert Blees and Lewis Meltzer Director: Jack Arnold A young police officer poses as a student (Tony) to Investigate a narcotics ring. He shares an apartment with a married woman who pretends to be his aunt in public but attempts to seduce him in private.

Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. Written and directed by Jean-Pierre Melville Cinematographer: Henri Decae Starring: Alain Delon, Yves Montand, André Bourvil, Gian Maria Volonté “Melville’s own professionalism – his understanding of action filmmaking as a kind of lyric poetry—gives Le Cercle Rouge its cool, muted impact… Le Cercle Rouge offers the kind of experience that makes you glad movies exist.

L.A. Confidential (1997)

Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. Ticket includes a copy of Ellroy’s latest novel, Perfidia, courtesy of Tattered Cover Book Store. L.A. CONFIDENTIAL, about a group of 1953 Los Angeles Police Department officers as they face police corruption and Hollywood Celebrity, stars Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce and Kim Basinger and was nominated for nine Academy Awards in 1997, winning two: Kim Basinger for Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.

T-Men (1947)

Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. Released: 1947 Director: Anthony Mann Starring: Dennis O’Keefe, Alfred Ryder, June Lockhart, Charles McGraw, Mary Meade Screenplay by: John C. Higgins Story by: Virginia Kellogg Cinematography: John Alton Two U.S. Treasury agents pose as mobsters to bust a counterfeiting ring. The first film to be based on actual Treasury Department Law Enforcement files.

Purple Moon (Plein Soleil) (1960)

Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. Director: René Clément Written by: Patricia Highsmith, René Clément, Paul Gégauff Cinematographer: Henri Decaë Music by: Nino Rota Starring: Alain Delon (in his first major role), Maurice Ronet, Marie Laforêt Based on the novel The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith. PURPLE NOON is Rene Clement’s 1960 French adaptation of the first Ripley novel, starring a young Alain Delon as Tom Ripley, a man who is just learning that he can get away with almost anything.

Band of Outsiders (Bande à part) (1964)

Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. Written by Dolores Hitchens (and Godard), based on her novel Fool’s Gold. Starring Claude Brasseur, Sami Frey, Anna Karina (Godard’s wife). Music by Michel Legrand. The most accessible of all Godard’s early movies, Bande à part has ingrained itself into the international folk-memory of cinema, and is referenced in dozens of other movies, not to mention Quentin Tarantino’s old production company, A Band Apart.

Them (1954)

Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. Douglas was a highly prolific director, who turned out many pictures for Hal Roach, among others. Reportedly, he was the only person to ever direct both Elvis and Sinatra on film, though not together, and neither shows up in this one. Directed by Gordon Douglas Stars Edmund Gwenn, James Arness, James Whitmore

Private Property (1960)

Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. Two homicidal Southern California drifters (played to creepy perfection by Warren Oates and Corey Allen) wander off the beach and into the seemingly-perfect Beverly Hills home of unhappy housewife Kate Manx, in this long-lost film noir gem written & directed by Leslie Stevens. Shot through with shimmering sexual tension and lensed in stunning B&W by master cameraman Ted McCord (THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE), PRIVATE PROPERTY is both an eerie, Jim Thompson-esque thriller and a savage critique of the hollowness of the Playboy-era American Dream.

The Long Goodbye (1973)

Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. Robert Altman tinkered constantly with genre throughout his 60 year career, but nowhere more brilliantly than in The Long Goodbye, his hilarious, shaggy dog riff on the detective story - and one of the greatest of the Nixon-era neo-noirs. Adapted liberally from an actual Raymond Chandler novel, The Long Goodbye follows Chandler’s most famous creation - private eye Phillip Marlowe (an impeccably cool Elliot Gould) - through a series of small, interweaving cases, which lead him closer and closer to discovering the truth about a recently deceased friend.

Rififi (1955)

Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. Tony Le Stéphanois (Jean Servais), back from prison after taking a rap for Jo le Suédois (Carl Möhner), is ready to settle a few scores and mastermind a brilliant jewel heist. A worldwide smash hit, RIFIFI earned director Jules Dassin the Best Director prize at Cannes and set the standard for screen robberies for decades to come.

The Lineup (1958)

Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. Here’s a heroin-heavy San Fran-set crime thriller you’ve got to sink your teeth into. Starring a still relatively unknown Eli Wallach who completely steals the show as the vile Dancer and featuring an incredible car chase, it’s one of Don Siegel’s best. 35mm Screening DIRECTOR: Don Siegel SCREENWRITER: Stirling Silliphant STARRING: Eli Wallach, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Keith

Nightfall (1956)

Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. Dig this, cats. Jacques Tourneur (OUT OF THE PAST) finds himself at the helm of another crime masterpiece with the great Aldo Ray and Anne Bancroft sailing topside. It involves a potential murder-sui, a journey on the path to righteousness after a fatal wrongdoing, true noiric snap-to dialogue, and suspense that’s thick as a brick.

Anatomy of a Murder (1959)

Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. James Ellroy, the Demon Dog of American literature, returns with his award-winning series “In A Lonely Place” to discuss Otto Preminger’s ANATOMY OF A MURDER. A virtuoso James Stewart plays a small-town Michigan lawyer who takes on a difficult case: the defense of a young army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering a local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife (Lee Remick).

Elevator to the Gallows (1958)

Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. Elevator to the Gallows (1958) Directed by Louis Malle Written by Noel Calef, Louis Malle and Roger Nimier Starring: Jeanne Moreau, Maurice Ronet Music by Miles Davis James Ellroy, the Demon Dog of American literature, returns with his award-winning series In A Lonely Place to discuss Malle’s ELEVATOR TO THE GALLOWS.

The Naked City (1948)

Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. James Ellroy, the Demon Dog of American literature, returns to the Alamo Drafthouse with his award-winning series In A Lonely Place to discuss Dassin’s THE NAKED CITY. {:.col .mr2 .mb2} “There are eight million stories in the Naked City,” as the narrator immortally states at the close of this breathtakingly vivid film—and this is one of them.

Presenting In a Lonely Place (1950) at the Alamo DraftHouse

Once a month, Ellroy introduces a crime or other flick from his personal canon at the Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado. Monday, September 17 7:30 (most likely): _In a Lonely Place _(the very movie from which the series title derives!) Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame; directed by Nicholas Ray. Screenplay by Edmund North and Andrew Solt from the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes Monday, August 15 7:30 p.m. MAN ON THE ROOF

James Ellroy Presents Akira Kurosawa’s High and Low at the second in a New Series at Alamo Drafthouse

Q&A after the 7:30 p.m. showing. High and Low: 11⁄2 The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Denver is proud to announce a new series with novelist James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia,Perfidia). Ellroy, recipient of the 2015 Grand Master award from the Mystery Writers of America, will introduce the film as well as participate in a Q&A with the audience after the screening. Coming soon! Ellroy at the Alamo introducingZodiac (just added) and _Vertigo_.

James Ellroy Presents L. A. Confidential at the first in a New Series at Alamo Drafthouse

Q&A after the 7:30 p.m. showing. L.A. Confidential: 9⁄26 The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Denver is proud to announce a new series with novelist James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential, The Black Dahlia, Perfidia) featuring L.A. CONFIDENTIAL as the first pick. Ellroy, recipient of the 2015 Grand Master award from the Mystery Writers of America, will introduce the film as well as participate in a Q&A with the audience after the screening.