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Chinatown (1974)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Mystery  |  20 June 1974 (USA)
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A private detective hired to expose an adulterer finds himself caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder.

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JJ 'Jake' Gittes is a private detective who seems to specialize in matrimonial cases. He is hired by Evelyn Mulwray when she suspects her husband Hollis, builder of the city's water supply system, of having an affair. Gittes does what he does best and photographs him with a young girl but in the ensuing scandal, it seems he was hired by an impersonator and not the real Mrs. Mulwray. When Mr. Mulwray is found dead, Jake is plunged into a complex web of deceit involving murder, incest and municipal corruption all related to the city's water supply. Written by garykmcd

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$6,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Roman Polanski eliminated Jake Gittes' voiceover narration, which was written in the script, and filmed the movie so that the audience discovered the clues at the same time Gittes did. See more »

Goofs

When Gittes takes photos from the rooftop of Mulwray and a young woman, the scene cuts away to a shot in front of Gittes, where his 35mm camera captures Mulwray embracing the woman on the terrace below. However, the image in Gittes' camera should reflect an upside down image of the couple. According to the interview with Roman Polanski on the DVD, he deliberately chose to show the couple right-side up to make it easier for the audience. He also said that "now" (in 1999) he would have shown it as upside down, as it would be in reality. See more »

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[first lines]
Jake Gittes: All right, Curly. Enough's enough. You can't eat the Venetian blinds. I just had them installed on Wednesday.
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Some Day
from the operetta "The Vagabond King" (uncredited)
Brian Hooker and Rudolf Friml
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3 October 2004 | by (Brisbane) – See all my reviews

Polanksi's 'Chinatown' stands as one of the classics of 1970s American cinema, the last classic period in American cinema. It's a great reminder of how utterly engaging cinema can be without the special effects, flimsy plots and outrageous stunts of many major studio productions now, not evening mentioning the obvious marketing tie-ins.

The cinematography and screenplay could be considered almost economical in its minimalism as it is really the story, script and characters that drive this movie forward.

Chinatown tells the story a detective, confidently played by Jack Nicholson, who gets embroiled in an investigation involving the mysterious murder (suicide?) of the head of the Water Board. During the investigation, he gets involved with Evelyn Mulwray, the wife of the murdered man who appears to want to get to the bottom of the mystery but during the course of the movie demonstrates that she is not telling the whole story and has something to hide.

Everything in this movie works from already mentioned tight editing down to the costumes and sets.

Nuff said!

10/10


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