Chinatown

1974 | Neo-noir | 131 minutes | English

 

Info
It’s 1937 in Los Angeles when private detective J.J. “Jake” Gittes is approached by Mrs. Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband’s, Hollis Mulwray’s, alleged affair. Gittes expects this to be a typical case of adultery. But when the real Mrs.Mulwray shows up at his office, Gittes suspects something  fishy. Gittes learns that Hollis was once the business partner of Evelyn’s wealthy father, Noah Cross. And Gittes also learns that even though there is a drought, huge quantities of water are secretly being released from the reservoir. Cross is not only involved in this crime, but it’s later revealed, there’s a great secret between Cross and his daughter Evelyn. 
Cast
Jack Nicholson (J.J. “Jake” Gittes) / Faye Dunaway (Evelyn Cross Mulwray) / John Huston (Noah Cross)
Why Stream This Film?
In a dark and twisted sequence of events, this mysterious drama builds until it reaches an eruption of horror. Please…do not reveal the ending!
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 99%
  • Metacritic Score: 92
Accolades
  • 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.”
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.
Philip French

The Observer

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.
Peter Bradshaw

The Guardian

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