History Film / Chinatown

20th Jun '17 8:42:24 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** As per Robert Towne, the film is a more accurate portrayal of the Private Detective archetype than seen in the works of Creator/RaymondChandler. Where the likes of Philip Marlowe are noble "tarnished knights" or KnightInSourArmor, J. J. Gittes does actual Private Detective work. That is, taking seedy and sleazy pictures of adulterous spouses for suspicious clients, illegal surveillance and voyeurism, and generally living a very well-heeled existence. Gittes defends his line of work by pointing out that the police are equally sleazy and corrupt while [[AtLeastIAdmitIt he is honest]]. [[spoiler:In the end he gets a powerful reality check]].

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** As per Robert Towne, the film is a more accurate portrayal of the Private Detective PrivateDetective archetype than seen in the works of Creator/RaymondChandler. Where the likes of Philip Marlowe are noble "tarnished knights" or KnightInSourArmor, J. J. Gittes does actual Private Detective work. That is, taking seedy and sleazy pictures of adulterous spouses for suspicious clients, illegal surveillance and voyeurism, and generally living a very well-heeled existence. Gittes defends his line of work by pointing out that the police are equally sleazy and corrupt while [[AtLeastIAdmitIt he is honest]]. [[spoiler:In the end he gets a powerful reality check]].
17th Jun '17 6:11:28 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. /

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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.
17th Jun '17 6:06:21 PM Mdumas43073
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* {{Retraux}}: The sepia-toned opening credits, right down to the vintage Paramount logo, complete with 4:3 aspect ratio.

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* {{Retraux}}: The sepia-toned opening credits, right down to the vintage Paramount logo, complete with 4:3 aspect ratio.ratio and vintage Paramount logo.
15th Jun '17 4:47:24 PM Uyyy
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* DespotismJustifiesTheMeans: [[spoiler: Noah Cross]] is already the richest and most powerful man in Los Angeles; he gladly admits he has no idea of how much wealth he really has except that it's over $10 million[[labelnote:*]]Equivalent to $170 million in 2017 dollars[[/labelnote]], yet goes ahead with his plan to [[spoiler: seize control of the water]] simply because it will make him ''EVEN MORE'' richer and powerful. In his own words:
--> '''Gittes:''' Why are you doing it? How much better can you eat; what can you buy that you can't already afford?
--> '''[[spoiler: Cross:]]''' The future, Mr. Gittes! The future!
12th Jun '17 9:00:06 PM nombretomado
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Fun fact: this film was co-financed by Bob Guccione, the publisher of the famous pornographic magazine ''Penthouse''. Nominated for 11 {{Academy Award}}s, winning for Towne's screenplay. It had a lesser-known (and less well-regarded) sequel, ''The Two Jakes'', directed by Jack Nicholson and released in 1990.

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Fun fact: this film was co-financed by Bob Guccione, the publisher of the famous pornographic magazine ''Penthouse''. Nominated for 11 {{Academy UsefulNotes/{{Academy Award}}s, winning for Towne's screenplay. It had a lesser-known (and less well-regarded) sequel, ''The Two Jakes'', directed by Jack Nicholson and released in 1990.
14th Apr '17 4:31:53 PM CumbersomeTercel
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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, Faye Dunaway, 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 and directed by Creator/RomanPolanski. The film stars Creator/JackNicholson, Faye Dunaway, Creator/FayeDunaway, and Creator/JohnHuston. It is ''[[CrapsackWorld DARK.]]''
4th Mar '17 8:59:46 PM Mdumas43073
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** C.O. Erickson, the film's executive producer plays the banker in the barbershop who starts an argument with Jake.

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** C.O. Erickson, the film's executive producer producer, plays the banker in the barbershop who starts an argument with Jake.



'''Jake:''' (*looks back in blank incomprehension*)\\

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'''Jake:''' (*looks (''looks back in blank incomprehension*)\\incomprehension'')\\
25th Jan '17 8:35:52 AM AnotherGuy
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* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: "Bad for glass" or "bad for grass"?

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* AsianSpeekeeEngrish: "Bad for glass" or "bad for grass"?grass"? Considering salt water is bad for ''both''...
25th Jan '17 8:35:06 AM AnotherGuy
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* BelatedHappyEnding: [[spoiler: ''The Two Jakes'' shows Kathryn got away from Noah, probably because the latter died.]]
25th Jan '17 8:30:32 AM AnotherGuy
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* MyGreatestFailure: The driving force behind Gittes' involvement in ''The Two Jakes'' is [[spoiler: the death of Evelyn and the unknown fate of Kathyrn]].


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** In ''The Two Jakes'', [[spoiler: Kathyrn Mulwray's]] name being mentioned on a recording.
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