History Film / Chinatown

3rd Dec '17 9:16:33 PM Mdumas43073
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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The city of Los Angeles [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Water_Wars#Los_Angeles_Aqueduct:_the_beginning_of_the_water_wars really did]] steal water from valley farmers. Interestingly, this was neither the first nor the last time the events in question were fictionalized, merely the most well-known. The catastrophic dam collapse referenced by Hollis Mulwray at the city council meeting was likely inspired by the real-life failure of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Francis_Dam St. Francis Dam]] in 1928, which killed over 400 people.

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* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The city of Los Angeles [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/California_Water_Wars#Los_Angeles_Aqueduct:_the_beginning_of_the_water_wars really did]] steal water from valley farmers. Interestingly, this was neither the first nor the last time the events in question were fictionalized, merely the most well-known. The And the catastrophic dam collapse referenced by Hollis Mulwray at the city council meeting was likely inspired by the real-life failure of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Francis_Dam St. Francis Dam]] in 1928, which killed over 400 people.
28th Aug '17 7:47:57 AM DoctorNemesis
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** [[spoiler:Gittes gives Cross the only piece of evidence capable of proving him guilty of murdering Hollis Mulwray.]] Whoops.

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** [[spoiler:Gittes gives Cross the only piece of evidence capable of proving him guilty of murdering Hollis Mulwray.]] Whoops. Although to be entirely fair to him on this one, he ''does'' have a gun pointed at his head at the time.
26th Aug '17 7:44:40 PM lipranzer
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A seminal Neo-Noir film, and considered by many to be among the best examples of FilmNoir in general, ''Chinatown'' (1974) was written by Robert Towne and directed by Creator/RomanPolanski. The film stars Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/FayeDunaway, and Creator/JohnHuston. It is ''[[CrapsackWorld DARK.]]''

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A seminal Neo-Noir film, and considered by many to be among the best examples of FilmNoir in general, ''Chinatown'' (1974) was written by Robert Towne Creator/RobertTowne and directed by Creator/RomanPolanski. The film stars Creator/JackNicholson, Creator/FayeDunaway, and Creator/JohnHuston. It is ''[[CrapsackWorld DARK.]]''
15th Aug '17 9:25:40 AM Mdumas43073
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--> ''Chinatown is a 70s image of a 40s image of the 30s, apparently based, in turn, on Los Angeles water politics from an earlier period again and complete with a kind of indeterminate post 50s soundtrack.''

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--> ''Chinatown ''Chinatown'' is a 70s image of a 40s image of the 30s, apparently based, in turn, on Los Angeles water politics from an earlier period again and complete with a kind of indeterminate post 50s soundtrack.''
15th Aug '17 9:25:07 AM Mdumas43073
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* AmbiguousTimePeriod: [[http://www.rouge.com.au/11/chinatown.html As noted in this article]], the film's portrayal of Los Angeles plucks bits and pieces from multiple eras. The water rights problem was an issue of the [=1910s=] and [=1920s=], while Gittes makes references to "okies" (an insulting word for Oklahoma migrant farmers) and we see a large portrait of [=FDR=]:

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* AmbiguousTimePeriod: While the film is nominally set in 1937, its portrayal of Los Angeles plucks bits and pieces from multiple eras (as noted in [[http://www.rouge.com.au/11/chinatown.html As noted in this article]], the film's portrayal of Los Angeles plucks bits and pieces from multiple eras.article]]). The water rights problem was an issue of the [=1910s=] and [=1920s=], while Gittes makes references to "okies" (an insulting word for Oklahoma migrant farmers) and we see a large portrait of [=FDR=]:



* AteHisGun: In ''The Two Jakes'' a highly cathartic sequence has Jake [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4fylYYIrUc forcing]] Detective Loach to perform fellatio on his gun, which results in Loach's PottyFailure.

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* AteHisGun: In ''The Two Jakes'' a highly cathartic sequence has Jake [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4fylYYIrUc forcing]] Detective Loach to perform tperform fellatio on his gun, which results in Loach's PottyFailure.
13th Aug '17 6:56:49 PM Mdumas43073
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** Polanski's cameo as "Man with a Knife" is often seen as a title drop of his own film "Knife in the Water"

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** Polanski's cameo as the "Man with a Knife" is often seen as a title drop of reference to his own film "Knife in the Water"first film, ''Film/KnifeInTheWater''.
13th Aug '17 6:55:25 PM Mdumas43073
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* {{Retraux}}: The sepia-toned opening credits, complete with 4:3 aspect ratio and vintage Paramount logo. The first shot of the film is a closeup of a series of black-and-white photographs (albeit far more sexually explicit than anything shown in the Old Hollywood), and then the camera pulls back to reveal cinematographer John Alonzo's lush amber period glow that looks a bit like Technicolor but is much richer.

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The sepia-toned opening credits, titles, complete with 4:3 aspect ratio and ratio, vintage Paramount logo. logo, and old-fashioned scrolling credits.
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The first shot of the film is a closeup of a series of black-and-white photographs (albeit far more sexually explicit than anything shown in the Old Hollywood), and then the camera pulls back to reveal cinematographer John Alonzo's lush amber period glow that looks a bit like Technicolor but is much richer.
13th Aug '17 6:52:57 PM Mdumas43073
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* {{Retraux}}: The sepia-toned opening credits, complete with 4:3 aspect ratio and vintage Paramount logo. The first shot of the film is a closeup of black-and-white photographs (albeit far more sexually explicit than anything shown in the Old Hollywood), and then the camera pulls back to reveal cinematographer John Alonzo's lush amber period glow that looks a bit like Technicolor but is much richer.

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* {{Retraux}}: The sepia-toned opening credits, complete with 4:3 aspect ratio and vintage Paramount logo. The first shot of the film is a closeup of a series of black-and-white photographs (albeit far more sexually explicit than anything shown in the Old Hollywood), and then the camera pulls back to reveal cinematographer John Alonzo's lush amber period glow that looks a bit like Technicolor but is much richer.
13th Aug '17 6:52:09 PM Mdumas43073
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* {{Retraux}}: The sepia-toned opening credits, complete with 4:3 aspect ratio and vintage Paramount logo. The first shot of the film is black and white photographs, which however are way more explicit than anything in the Old Hollywood, and then the camera pulls back to reveal DP John Alonzo's lush amber period glow that looks a bit like Technicolor but is much richer.

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* {{Retraux}}: The sepia-toned opening credits, complete with 4:3 aspect ratio and vintage Paramount logo. The first shot of the film is black and white photographs, which however are way a closeup of black-and-white photographs (albeit far more sexually explicit than anything shown in the Old Hollywood, Hollywood), and then the camera pulls back to reveal DP cinematographer John Alonzo's lush amber period glow that looks a bit like Technicolor but is much richer.



* SunshineNoir: The beautiful, golden cinematography of the city contrasts greatly with what actually goes on inside it. Nonetheless many scenes in the middle, and key moments take place at night. Namely when Jake gets his nose cut, when he and Evelyn are on the trail of the mystery and [[spoiler:the ending where Evelyn dies]].

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* SunshineNoir: The beautiful, golden cinematography of the city and its environs contrasts greatly with what actually goes on inside it. Nonetheless many scenes in the middle, and key moments take place at night. Namely when Jake gets his nose cut, when he and Evelyn are on the trail of the mystery and [[spoiler:the ending where Evelyn dies]].
13th Aug '17 6:47:04 PM Mdumas43073
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