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39 Things We Learned from Robert Towne’s and David Fincher’s Chinatown Commentary

13 July 2016 10:21 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

“They did this in one take, which I hate.”

David Fincher loves Chinatown.

Of course, anyone who appreciates brilliant filmmaking should feel the same way, especially if they also appreciate themes of human nature drenched in cynicism. The film is easily one of the smartest, most beautiful gut-punches to come out of Hollywood in the ’70s (or any other decade for that matter), and it remains a powerful commentary on greed, bureaucracy, and the futility of good intentions.

Fincher sat down with Robert Towne, the film’s writer, for a commentary, and it makes for a fascinating look at a classic film.

Keep reading to see what I heard on the commentary for Roman Polanski’s Chinatown. (1974)

Commentator: Robert Towne (writer), David Fincher (fan)

1. Fincher loves how sinister the black & white logo looks as it suggests something monstrous like King Kong, but »

- Rob Hunter

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Listen: Marc Maron's 97-Minute Talk With Crispin Glover

22 January 2016 2:51 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

After upwards of thirty years in film and television, Crispin Hellion Glover remains one of Hollywood’s most enduringly eccentric characters. The erstwhile star of “Back to the Future” has since carved out an admirable and unique niche for himself as the director of boundary-pushing arthouse flicks like “What is it?” where many of the actors were non-professionals afflicted with Down’s Syndrome. What many may not know is that Glover grew up in the heart of Los Angeles, the son of actor Bruce Glover, and that he at one point harbored the same big-screen dreams as so many other Hollywood hopefuls before and after him. Granted, you wouldn’t necessarily get that impression from the bold and provocative public persona Glover has cultivated over the years, but that’s just one of the man’s many fascinating contradictions. Read More: Crispin Glover Discusses The Morally Questionable Ending Of ' »

- Nicholas Laskin

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