Chinatown

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(out of 5)


Robert Towne’s impeccable screenplay is the heart and soul of this excellent mystery film, though surrounding it with fantastic direction and pristine acting doesn’t hurt either.  gives one of his most critically acclaimed performances as a private investigator who is dragged into a scheme involving murder and politics when he agrees to work for a woman () who wants her husband followed. When that woman turns up dead and he discovers that she was using an assumed name which actually belongs to someone else (), Nicholson decides to follow the ever-thickening plot to its inevitable conclusion despite the danger to himself. A perfect recreation of the film noirs of the forties, but with a modern beat of its own that thanks to director Roman Polanski only adds to its classic quality. Dunaway is superbly glamorous, and  has a terrifying cameo as her father.


Paramount Pictures, Penthouse, Long Road Productions, Robert Evans Company

USA, 1974

Directed by

Screenplay by

Cinematography by

Produced by 

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by


Academy Award
Best Writing (Original Screenplay) (Robert Towne)

Nominations
Best Actor (Jack Nicholson as “J.J. Gittes”)
Best Actress (Faye Dunaway as “Evelyn Cross Mulwray”)
Best Art Direction (art direction: Richard Sylbert, W. Stewart Campbell; set decoration: Ruby Levitt)
Best Cinematography (John A. Alonzo)
Best Costume Design (Anthea Sylbert)
Best Directing (Roman Polanski)
Best Film Editing (Sam O’Steen)
Best Music (Original Dramatic Score) (Jerry Goldsmith)
Best Picture (Robert Evans, producer)
Best Sound (Bud Grenzbach, Larry Jost)

Golden Globe Awards
Best Motion Picture-Drama
Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Jack Nicholson)
Best Director (Roman Polanski)


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