- Actors: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman
- Directors: Roman Polanski
- Writers: Roman Polanski, Robert Towne
- Producers: C.O. Erickson, Robert Evans
- Format: NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Dubbed: French
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Paramount
- Release Date: Nov. 23 1999
- Run Time: 130 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 104 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000022TSF
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #48,050 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Roman Polanski's brooding film noir exposes the darkest side of the land of sunshine, the Los Angeles of the 1930s, where power is the only currency--and the only real thing worth buying. Jack Nicholson is J J Gittes, a private eye in the Chandler mould, who during a routine straying-spouse investigation finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into a jigsaw puzzle of clues and corruption. The glamorous Evelyn Mulwray (a dazzling Faye Dunaway) and her titanic father, Noah Cross (John Huston), are at the black-hole centre of this tale of treachery, incest and political bribery. The crackling, hard-bitten script by Robert Towne won a well-deserved Oscar, and the muted colour cinematography makes the goings-on seem both bleak and impossibly vibrant. Polanski himself has a brief, memorable cameo as the thug who tangles with Nicholson's nose. Chinatown is one of the greatest, most completely satisfying crime films of all time. --Anne Hurley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This 25th anniversary edition has been remastered and contains a featurette with new interviews with director Roman Polanski, screenwriter Robert Towne, and producer Robert Evans.
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Polanski movies.(the other being the brilliant"The Ninth
Gate")anyway,Chinatown is a simple story of private eye Jake Gittes,who
stumbles into a murder mystery.Jack Nicholson plays Gittes,in a
brilliantly understated performance.Nicholson makes Gittes into a very
likable character.The film has a very unique and impressive visual
style.Polanski's direction is very tight and economical.everything fits
and each scene has relevance to the film.This is not an action
movie,but more of character study,and is also very dialogue driven.
What action there is,is low key and passive.this is no criticism of the
movie,at all.it is so well written that it cannot fail to hold your
interest,and as director,Polanski Tties everything up neatly.Faye
Dunaway also plays a prominent role in the movie,delivering a very good
performance.The only thing i didn't like was the ending.i don't mean to
say it was bad ending,i had just hoped it would have gone in a
different direction.the screenplay was written by Robert Towne, and
Polanski himself had a hand in the screenplay,but is not credited.The
screenplay is responsible for a great deal of the film's success,but
this is clearly a team effort.All in all,Chinatown is a well crafted
movie from all involved. 4.5/5
Roman Polanski's cinematic translation of Robert Towne's script is beyond words. Every scene is pristine, but delicate. Every shot intentional for a colorized film noir feel, yet the stylization never feels intrusive.
Jack Nicholson. What can I saw about Jack? One of his best performances- up there with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and About Schmidt.
I love this film, and so will you. If not, give it another chance down the road, I promise you won't be disappointed.
The muted photography of cinematographer John A. Alonzo along with the neatly selected settings reveal Los Angeles in 1937. Jack Gittes is a Los Angeles detective initially used as a fall guy in a battle for water rights. The longer Nicholson as Gittes investigates, the more convinced he becomes that the man behind the skullduggery, which ultimately results in the murder of Horace Mulwray, the honest head of the Department of Water and Power who does not want to build a new dam and risk a tragedy such as the earlier described Van Lipp disaster, is super wealthy Noah Cross, played by John Huston.
Gittes is a man used to dealing with criminal minds less powerful and less ruthless than Cross. As Robert Towne noted in an interview about the film, a major element of "Chinatown" is the shocking realization on the part of Nicholson, who had formerly worked as a police officer assigned to Chinatown, that John Huston as Noah Cross is a man who will do anything to get what he wants, and is more ruthless than anyone he ever encountered. When an exasperated Gittes asks Cross at one point what he can possibly gain through a big land payoff predicated on accessibility to water, noting that he could buy anything he wanted presently, Cross answers, "The future, Mr. Gittes, the future."
Towne shrewdly used a historical controversy from Los Angeles history, the career of William Mulholland and the tragedy of the Van Norman Dam. History was juxtaposed and the controversy was moved from the first decade of the twentieth century to 1937. It made good sense cinematically since the city was so much more developed by that time.
Another integral element of the film is Nicholson's developing romantic relationship with Faye Dunaway as Evelyn Mulwray, widow of the slain water chief and daughter of Noah Cross. Gittes' romantic progress is slowed by the manner in which he holds Evelyn, an erudite, sophisticated woman in awe, someone removed from his own rough and tumble middle class world. He ultimately learns that the daughter toward whom Evelyn is so protective was sired by none other than Noah Cross.
In addition to adroitly directing the film, maintaining a consistently brisk pace, Roman Polanski also had a small but key acting role. Playing one of Cross' thugs, he tells Gittes, "You've got a big nose, kitty cat." To prove his point, while another Cross hoodlum, a crooked ex-sheriff, holds Gittes, Polanski snips off part of the detective's nose with a knife.
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