Movie Review: CHINATOWN (1974)

Crime/Mystery Film & Writing Festival

Tribute review as today is Jack Nicholson’s 79th birthday.


chinatownposter.jpgCHINATOWN, 1974
Movie Reviews

Directed by Roman Polanski
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Diane Ladd
Review by Tom Coatsworth

SYNOPSIS:
A private detective investigating an adultery case stumbles on to a scheme of murder that has something to do with water.

OSCAR WINNER for Best Original Screenplay

Nominated for 10 other OSCARS including Best Picture, Best Director (Polanski), Best Actor (Nicholson) and Best Actress (Dunaway)

REVIEW:
(Spoiler Alert)

Polanski has considered this his greatest film and it’s hard to argue, many see it among the best of the 1970’s — a seminal decade for Hollywood. It’s difficult to say precisely what works with Chinatown except that everything works with Chinatown. It was nominated for 11 Oscars. Cinematography – it’s wonderful to look at – the gold of the California Dream contrasting with blacks and browns in nearly every frame…

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