To Live and Die in L.A.

More than a decade after The French Connection, William Friedkin swapped the grit of New York for the gloss of Southern California in this slick caper flick. But beneath its Miami Vice pastels and MTV flash, TLDLA is an even more cynical outing than French Connection. William Petersen’s government agent, in hot pursuit of Willem Dafoe’s hipster counterfeiter, is a crimewave with a badge, abusing sources, flouting laws, and getting people killed. A kinetic, surprisingly
grim, film. -LG

1985 William Friedkin 1.85:1 Color DCP 116 min.