Devil in a Blue Dress
Our next Rialto Recommends is Carl Frankin's 1995 film adaptation of Walter Mosley's novel DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS starring Denzel Washington. In late 1940s Los Angeles, Easy Rawlins (Denzel Washington) is an unemployed black World War II veteran with few job prospects. At a bar, Easy meets DeWitt Albright (Tom Sizemore), a mysterious white man looking for someone to investigate the disappearance of a missing white woman named Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals), who he suspects is hiding out in one of the city's black jazz clubs. Strapped for money and facing house payments, Easy takes the job, but soon finds himself in over his head. Rolling Stone raved "The movie simmers with pungent suspense, humor and eroticism." While the LA Times said "A fluid, persuasive piece of movie-making graced with the considerable visual sophistication." DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS is streaming on Fubo, the Roku Channel, Tubi and DirectTV or available to rent for a modest fee from Amazon, Vudu, GooglePlay, YouTube and others.