1974 | Neo-noir | 131 minutes | English
Why Stream This Film?
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 99%
- Metacritic Score: 92
Academy Awards: Winner, Best Original Screenplay (Robert Towne)
BAFTA Awards: Winner, Best Actor (Jack Nicholson); Best Director (Roman Polanski); Best Screenplay (Robert Towne)
Golden Globe Awards: Winner, Best Motion Picture, Drama; Best Director, Motion Picture (Roman Polanski); Best Actor, Motion Picture (Jack Nicholson); Best Screenplay, Motion Picture (Robert Towne)
New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Winner, Best Actor (Jack Nicholson)
The film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
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CHINATOWN is, I think, Polanski’s greatest achievement to date, a Neo-noir classic set in the 1930s, in which Jack Nicholson is remarkable as a sleazy Los Angeles private eye discovering his carefully concealed humanity when drawn into a labyrinthine web of Southern California corruption. This film is flawless.
The dialogue is crackling and the set pieces are just superb. Director Polanski brilliantly shows that money and power are not what’s motivating everyone after all. There’s a lower stratum of sexual dysfunction and fear at work.
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