Tonight de Palma's new version of "Black Dahlia" premiered in Venice:
De Palma, whose films include classic crime dramas "The Untouchables" and "Scarface", drew praise from Ellroy after Wednesday's critics preview for his artful portrayal of "the systemic corruption of the world I write about".
Johansson, who won a Best Actress award at the festival two years ago for Sofia Coppola's "Lost in Translation", plays Kay Lake, a beauty with a sordid past who along with Hilary Swank provides the love interest with the tough cops Lee Blanchard (Eckhart) and Bucky Bleichert (Hartnett).
The young star of "Match Point" and "Girl with a Pearl Earring" takes to the role of sexy femme fatale with relish.
"She's not innocent in any way at all. She's a survivor really. She creates a fantasy for herself in order to wake up each morning and not dwell on her horrible past," Johansson said of her character Kay on Wednesday.
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