Film Reviews, Short Review

Chinatown (1974)

4/4

The best film-noir ever made outside of the genre’s golden era in the 40s and 50s. Roman Polański is at the peak of his powers as a director, controlling scenes and pushing the story through with the kind of consummate ease and confidence that one barely notices just how deeply we get sucked into the film (helped along of course, by Robert Towne’s excellent screenplay). Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway turn in some of the best performances of their respective careers, really getting down into the alienating loneliness of a beautifully evoked 1930s LA. And of course, that haunting, sparse score by Jerry Goldsmith, instantly draping the film in a cover of melancholy and listlessness…

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