'Sin City': Guiding a Comic to the Silver Screen

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A panel from 'Sin City', top; Jessica Alba as Nancy and Bruce Willis. i

Seeing the difference: a panel from Frank Miller's graphic novel Sin City, top; Jessica Alba as Nancy and Bruce Willis as Hartigan, below. Dimension Films hide caption

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A panel from 'Sin City', top; Jessica Alba as Nancy and Bruce Willis.

Seeing the difference: a panel from Frank Miller's graphic novel Sin City, top; Jessica Alba as Nancy and Bruce Willis as Hartigan, below.

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Listen: <b>Extended Audio</b>: Kevin Smith Interviewing Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller

Film director Robert Rodriguez and comic book artist Frank Miller collaborate

Directors Robert Rodriguez, left, and Frank Miller collaborate on the set of Sin City. Dimension Films hide caption

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Clive Owen as Dwight and Benicio Del Toro as Jackie-Boy.

Clive Owen as the vigilante Dwight and Benicio Del Toro as crooked cop Jackie-Boy. Dimension Films hide caption

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The dark and violent comic Sin City is now a movie. Director Robert Rodriguez says that even on the page, artist Frank Miller's stories had a cinematic quality. To learn more, NPR asked director Kevin Smith to speak with Rodriguez and Miller.

Sin City relates life in a hard-boiled town full of self-interested citizens and tough-talking cops. In the film as in the graphic novels, everyone has an angle, from crooks to femme fatales. The movie also shares the stark, yet evocative, mostly black and white palette of its print counterpart.

Rodriguez and Miller collaborated closely on the film adaptation, sharing director and producer credits. In addition, Rodriguez served as the movie's cinematographer and editor, while Miller wrote the screenplay.

Frank Miller has been linked to several large-scale film franchises, from Robocop and Batman to Daredevil. He has had roles in several movies he helped create; in Sin City, he appears as a priest.

Director Robert Rodriguez's films range from 1992's El Mariachi to Spy Kids in 2001 and Once Upon a Time in Mexico in 2003.

Among interviewer Kevin Smith's current projects is a film adaptation of the cult TV series The Green Hornet, for which he wrote the screenplay. His first feature, Clerks (1994), became a phenomenon and launched both his directorial career and that of his alter ego, Silent Bob. His Jersey Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler, came out last year.

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