Obsession, love, corruption, greed and depravity unfold around the true story of the brutal murder of a fledging Hollywood starlet that schocked and fascinated the nation in 1947 and remains unsolved. Two ex-pugilist cops, Lee Blanchard and Bucky Bleichert are called to investigate the homicide of ambitious silver screen B-lister Betty Ann Short A.K.A. "The Black Dahlia" – an attack so grisly that images of the killling were kept from the public. While Blanchard's growing preoccupation with the sensational murder threatens his relationship with Kay, his partner Bleichert finds himself attracted to the enigmatic Madeleine Linscott, the daughter of one of the city's most prominent families – who just happens to have an unsavory connection to the murder victim.
Brian De Palma
Born in New Jersey in 1940, De Palma grew up in Philadelphia. He studied theatre and cinema at Columbia College. In 1960 he made his first mid-length feature, ICARUS, followed by WOTAN'S WAKE, for which he received several awards. De Palma undertook his first full length feature, THE WEDDING PARTY (69), which was Robert De Niro's and Jill Clayburgh's film debuts. His break through was SISTERS (73), fulgt av thrillermusikalen PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (74). OBSESSION and CARRIE were both from 1976, followed by for instance DRESSED TO KILL (80), BLOW OUT (81), SCARFACE (83) and THE UNTOUCHABLES (87). He made another eight films in the nineties, among them BONFIRES OF VANITY (90) and MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE (96), as well as FEMME FATALE in 2002.