Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne and starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston. The film features many elements of the film noir genre, particularly a multi-layered story that is part mystery and part psychological drama. It was released by Paramount Pictures.
Chinatown is one of those films that appear to be flawless, it has a terrific director, amazing cast, great screenplay and photgraphy. The first time I saw it, about two years ago (I was 12 years old or so), I didn’t understand it, therefore I did not like it; but some time later I watched it again and loved it. Jack Nicholson is one of my favourite actors, he can do anything and he certainly does an excellent job as Jake Gittes, a detective who came right out of a Raymond Chandler novel. I’ve always thought of Faye Dunaway as a very decent actress with good looks, although I don’t care much for her as a person, Mommie Dearest totally ruined her, but she gives a great performance as Evelyn. Then, we have John Huston, one of the most legendary directors of Hollywood, his performance surely makes the movie even better.
Polanski is one of the best directors ever, and Chinatown is definitely his opus one. Another thing I like about the film is how it accomplishes the feeling of an old noir motion picture, it captivates the 1930’s Hollywood perfectly well.