Written September 14, 2012
a true classic, well worth seeing. wish theatres in tucson would do more of this.
Written February 18, 2008
They really don't make them like this anymore. "Chinatown's" a classic L.A. film noir with Jack Nicholson in a breakout performance as weary, smart-guy private eye Jake Gittes. There are a lot of twists and turns in this tale of corruption, greed, power and a struggle for the city's soul and identity. Faye Dunaway is fantastic as the femme fatale who may or may not (ok, definitely is) hiding something, and look for esteemed director John Huston in an unforgettable extended cameo as Dunaway's laviscious, power-mad father. If you've seen more recent noir L.A. gems such as "L.A. Confidential" and "The Devil in a Blue Dress," and are wanting more, then you can do no better than this Roman Polanski flick. It literally seethes with subtext, great performances and a great story, gorgeous cinematography and a grand, classic noir score from legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith.
Written February 22, 2013
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Written May 22, 2010
Chinatown is like a seven course meal at a fine restaurant. Polanski serves it up in the slow, methodical manner of a great culinary chef. Leading us through the plot devised by Towne tempting us along for over two hours of a complicated story with visual treats, i.e; the deaths, the violence, the sarcasm that draws us toward Geddes a rather sleazy character wrapped in a nice suit. Nicholson berfor He became a characture of himself like Barrymorre did half way through his career.
A film like Chinatown is what happens when all the stars are aligned in the Filmakers Universe.