History Film / Chinatown

6th Jan '17 7:33:05 PM nombretomado
Is there an issue? Send a Message


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 JackNicholson, Faye Dunaway, and Creator/JohnHuston. It is ''[[CrapsackWorld DARK.]]''

to:

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 JackNicholson, Creator/JackNicholson, Faye Dunaway, and Creator/JohnHuston. It is ''[[CrapsackWorld DARK.]]''



* EvilSoundsDeep: [[spoiler:Just ''listen'' to Creator/JohnHuston's voice.]] Screenwriter Robert Towne once expressed that [[spoiler:Huston]] was the second best-cast actor in the film, next to JackNicholson. [[spoiler:Huston]]'s performance, he claimed, elevated [[spoiler:Cross]] above the portrayal in the script and made him truly memorable.

to:

* EvilSoundsDeep: [[spoiler:Just ''listen'' to Creator/JohnHuston's voice.]] Screenwriter Robert Towne once expressed that [[spoiler:Huston]] was the second best-cast actor in the film, next to JackNicholson.Creator/JackNicholson. [[spoiler:Huston]]'s performance, he claimed, elevated [[spoiler:Cross]] above the portrayal in the script and made him truly memorable.
4th Dec '16 6:36:38 PM Kalaong
Is there an issue? Send a Message


--> '''Jake Gittes:''' I just wanna know what you're worth. More than 10 million?
--> [[spoiler:'''Noah Cross:''']] Oh my, yes!
--> '''Jake Gittes:''' Why are you doing it? How much better can you eat? What could you buy that you can't already afford?
--> [[spoiler:'''Noah Cross:''']] [[VisionaryVillain The future, Mr. Gitts! The future]].

to:

--> '''Jake Gittes:''' I just wanna know what you're worth. More than 10 million?
-->
million?\\
[[spoiler:'''Noah Cross:''']] Oh my, yes!
-->
yes!\\
'''Jake Gittes:''' Why are you doing it? How much better can you eat? What could you buy that you can't already afford?
-->
afford?\\
[[spoiler:'''Noah Cross:''']] [[VisionaryVillain The future, Mr. Gitts! Gittes! The future]].
1st Nov '16 1:00:13 PM AnotherGuy
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** Much is made of the flaw in Evelyn's eye. [[spoiler: Guess where she gets shot in the end?]]
1st Nov '16 12:58:15 PM AnotherGuy
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* AbortedArc: A third film, ''Cloverleaf'', was planned. ''Chinatown'' focused on water, ''The Two Jakes'' focused on oil, and ''Cloverleaf'' would have focused on transportation. Ironically, ''WesternAnimation/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' picked up the slack and even named the trolley car company in the film after the never-produced film!
18th Sep '16 4:12:35 AM CumbersomeTercel
Is there an issue? Send a Message
18th Sep '16 4:12:34 AM CumbersomeTercel
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* CreatorCameo: Roman Polanski himself appears in the film as the short hoodlum with the knife who slices Jake's nose.

to:

* CreatorCameo: Roman Polanski CreatorCameo:
** Creator/RomanPolanski
himself appears in the film as the short hoodlum with the knife who slices Jake's nose.nose.
** C.O. Erickson, the film's executive producer plays the banker in the barbershop who starts an argument with Jake.
6th Sep '16 2:09:04 PM KenKevinStriker
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* StoppedClock: Jack places a watch under the car of the person he's tailing. That way he can know at what time he left by the time the watch was run over.

to:

* StoppedClock: Jack Jake places a watch under the car of the person he's tailing. That way he can know at what time he left by the time the watch was run over.
22nd Aug '16 10:51:38 AM mattc0tter
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

** Subverted. [[spoiler: His cries of horror are so forced and fake one can tell it is his half-assed ruse of being a gentle man, all while dragging his daughter/granddaughter from the vehicle over the guise of protecting her, whisking her away as his next rape victim.]]


Added DiffLines:

** Polanski's cameo as "Man with a Knife" is often seen as a title drop of his own film "Knife in the Water"
* SmallRoleBigImpact: The "Man with a Knife" (played by the film's director) only appears in one scene with only one line of dialogue (he barely appears later in the background of a sequence), but also sports one of the most memorable lines and is memorably creepy and jumpy, as well as [[spoiler: scarring Jake's face for the remainder of the film]]. His role is even more memorable as one of the two roles by famous and influential film directors.
8th Jul '16 3:50:58 AM foxley
Is there an issue? Send a Message

Added DiffLines:

* DeadManHonking: The film ends with Evelyn jumping in her car and trying to escape from the BigBad, her insanely evil father Noah Cross. Shots are fired, there's a sound of a crash, and the sound of a droning car horn. A dead Evelyn has collapsed on the car horn. Cue DownerEnding.
6th Jul '16 10:22:19 AM hullflyer
Is there an issue? Send a Message


* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: Noah constantly mispronounces Jake's last name as "Gits".

to:

* ItsPronouncedTroPAY: Noah constantly mispronounces Jake's last name as "Gits".[[note]]For those who haven't seen the movie, it's supposed to be pronounced "Git-eez"[[/note]]
This list shows the last 10 events of 164. Show all.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/article_history.php?article=Film.Chinatown