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Devil in a Blue Dress

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Director: Carl Franklin
1995 / 102min / DCP

Denzel Washington in peak heartthrob form gives the definitive performance of crime novelist Walter Moseley’s signature character, Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, a private dick operating out of Los Angeles’s Watts neighborhood in the 1940s. Hired to find the missing white fiancée of a local politician, Rawlins must cross the boundaries of a racially divided city, backed up by his trigger-happy sidekick Mouse—played by Don Cheadle, in a breakout role. A suave, smart, stylish neo-noir from Franklin (One False Move), which has increasingly found recognition as a towering achievement of ’90s Black Hollywood.