By Indiewire | Indiewire August 31, 2006 at 7:15AM
Brian De Palma's noir movie "The Black Dahlia" premiered at the 63rd Venice Film Festival to critical acclaim yesterday as its 21-year-old star, Scarlett Johansson, paraded down the red carpet. The actor plays a femme fatale in the murder mystery set in 1940s Hollywood and film reviewers emerged from a preview screening acclaiming her on-screen sex appeal."I think generally, when there are periods of depression in a country, people distract themselves oftentimes with scandal," she said. "We've seen it in the past and it's sort of happening right now. There's mass genocide going on and people are focused on bringing somebody over from Thailand for tests that may or may not prove something." Audrey Gillan reports.