Cinema: Lucifer In Disguise with Diamonds ANGEL HEART

Directed and Written by Alan Parker

Oedipus Rex: now there was a great mystery plot. The detective is the murderer; his mother is the femme fatale; his father is the victim. And Faust: a good chase tale. Guy sells his soul to the devil, then chases after secrets of life and death. Today, though, the mysteries are more mundane, the deals more damning. Like why in hell was Angel Heart -- a detective story about secret loves and profane pacts -- ever considered worthy of an X by the movie industry's rating board?

The board's hackles were raised by a nightmare sequence in which Mickey Rourke, as...