Rewind: The 1970’s Chinatown

Chinatown (1974)

Director- Roman Polanski


Cast- Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston

Chinatown is about a private detective who winds caught up in this web of secrets, lies and murder. He has to try to find his way through this maze of complications in order to escape. (It’s a pretty basic story, but exceptionally well done.) Polanski shows off some of his finest work as a director. (I can’t condone the crimes he has committed, but I will say much of his work is incredible.)

Jack Nicholson as J.J. Gittes and Faye Dunaway as Evelyn Mulray were both brilliant. Nicholson once again brought his edgy hard-ass style of detective to the scene. He may have been cantankerous, but deep down there is this compassionate human being out to ensure that justice is served.

As for the ending. I won’t spoil it, but I would say it defines the very thinking of the 1970’s, The tone of the decade and various feelings towards society and life in general.

What is your favorite Roman Polanski film?


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