#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – 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.
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I hated this movie
The first time I saw it. After one of my buddies claimed it was the greatest movie every made. I mean, what could live up to that hype. Then, over the course of 20+ years I discovered a much wider world of films beyond what CBC and CTV showed late at night to pay the bills. We rented every B&W movie the video store had on tape. TCM came along. I discovered film noir. I drove Interstate 5 through California in the midst of a terrible multi-year drought. I visited Los Angeles. I discovered Arts & Crafts homes. Then I watched this movie again tonight. And I realized my buddy may have been right. It has Jack Nicholson before he became a caricature of himself. John Huston showing he was as good an actor as he was a director. And Faye Dunaway, my goodness, was she on fire for a decade or what. When she’s trying to explain things to Nicholson in the third act and she’s breaking down while doing so, if that doesn’t get you, you have no heart. But you know what else? If you know the ending, the movie is more riveting. Because then you understand why the characters are addressing the things they do, and you’re watching the characters act and react, which is where the magic lies. This is a superlative film. I feel like a dope for taking 20 years to properly appreciate it. I only wish my friend were still alive so I could tell him he was right.
Polanski & Nicholson’s Finest Work. A Top 20 Greatest Film
Chinatown sits securely at the pinnacle of the Neo Noir genre. Fueled by Polanski-Nicholson synergy, anchored by one of greatest-ever original screenplays (written by Los Angeles native Robert Towne), brought to movie-life via PanaVision by brilliant cinematographer John Alonzo, and produced by the industry icon Robert Evans, this is one of film’s greatest works of art, and being imo one of the top 20 greatest films ever made – it is a must-see movie.
Chinatown represents the art of film-making in its finest form, exceeding expectations in every reel.
This was Polanski’s last film he made in the USA, and the best and last opportunity to see Nicholson’s brilliant acting prowess before his characterization method became (to a large degree) a caricature of himself (albeit doing so perhaps better than any other icon-level movie-star).
Often, this much talent on one set becomes a disappointment. Not this time.
Like many successful collaborations, there were major style differences between Evans, Polanski and Towne – Such “manageable stress” can sink a film, but instead served as a positive catalyst in raising the bar of production and execution.
For those who haven’t seen the film, it is “required” viewing. For those who haven’t seen it in a while, cue it up, and enjoy – like most great films, it just seems to get better with age.
Polanski’s style of film making utilizes a classic Noir movie-making “complete-the-scene” method before moving on – similar to live theatre (Act I, Scene 1, etc) The benefit is fulfilling each scene’s importance to the story and film as a whole – this style works well in Noir films, and his set-up, detailing, and execution is brilliant.
The immaculately detailed set designs, wardrobe, makeup, and authentic restored vintage cars were painstakingly orchestrated by Polanski to transport us back to atmosphere and feel of the golden age of Hollywood circa 1937.
Chinatown is a must-see film.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 10 min (130 min)
Genre Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director Roman Polanski
Writer Robert Towne
Actors Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez
Awards Won 1 Oscar. Another 20 wins & 24 nominations.
Production Company Paramount Pictures
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 2.35 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex, Panavision C-Series Lenses
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA (color)
Film Length 3,585 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm (Eastman 100T 5254)
Cinematographic Process Panavision (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 16 mm (anamorphic), Super 8 (full length version and different digest versions), 35 mm