Excerpt: Ida Sessions: "Are you alone?" J.J. Gittes: "Isn't everybody?" The story to Chinatown is about a private detective, Jake Gittes, hired to investigate an adultery case, stumbles on the plot of a murder involving incest and the privatization of water through state and municipal corruption, land use and real estate. If he doesn't drop the case at once he faces threats of legal action, but he pursues it anyway, slowly uncovering a vast conspiracy.
Excerpt: 'Chinatown' is a constricting noir mystery that unravels it's knotted narrative in a wildly unpredictable manner. Each new twist is just a lie to cover up another lie, and so on. That is, until the shocking truth is revealed. Turns out to be less complicated than it initially started. That classic noir sensibility is oozing through every frame and out of every character.
Excerpt: I have little to say about this movie, it has all been said by others. But I recommend this movie if you have seen it before on DVD or Tape. I picked up the Dutch version and it has been robbed of all extra's. Thanks Paramount, you made us pay the money for just the movie without all the cool goodies.
Summary: Director Roman Polanski brings back the spirit of the classic noir - invoking gritty city scenery, some nasty character acting, and a plot full of deception and doublecrossing. The end result is a wellmade, sneering and nostalgic journey through dark human emotions. An effective performance from the two leads is aided by razor-sharp writing.
Excerpt: There's always an essential list of top movies in every genre. Chinatown should rank high in the film noir category for it's quality of mystery a very good music score and the heavy hitting acting of Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. It's hard to write about the plot without giving anything away, but in a nutshell it's a murder mystery with a very strange twist at the elements unfold.
Excerpt: One of the greatest films of all time finally makes it's Blu-ray debut, and it's a must own! Jack Nicholson gives one of his signature performances as Private Detective, J.J. 'Jake' Gittes. Mr. Gittes is hired by Evelyn Mulwray (so he thinks) to spy on his cheating husband Hollis Mulwray, and the tailspin of mystery begins to unfold. This is one of those films where you really need to pay attention to the clues in order to understand the story.
Excerpt: Jack Nicholson stars as J.J. Gittes, a private detective hired to investigate an alleged marital indiscretion but uncovers more than he bargained for including deceit, corruption and murder. Right from the self consciously retro titles, Polanski sets out his stall; to recreate the classic noirs of the 40s and 50s, and a damn fine job he does too. Even to the point of casting legendary director John "The Maltese Falcon" Huston.
Summary: An excellent film noir, powered by Jack Nicholson's performance, make this film still viewable and relevant today. What begins as a routine investigation for a private investigation soon snowballs into a web of lies, murder, deceit, and mystery. Some conversations go on a little too long, but Roman Polanski gives us a strong film that has suspense and intrigue. A good viewing for any film buff.
Excerpt: A typical slow-burner for good character development which pays off in the stunning conclusion. Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) receives a call from Mrs. Mulwray to perform a surveillance of his husband, Hollis Mulwray, and his malicious activities. The real Evelyn Cross Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) shows up in his office and plans on suing him for the photos being displayed on the papers. Gittes tries to uncover a mysterious death of Mrs. Mulwray’s husband.