A Summary and Review of Chinatown

A Summary and Review of Chinatown

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  1. Chinatown stars Jack Nicholson as J.J. Gittes, a private investigator in this retro noir written
    by Robert Towne and directed by Roman Polanski. A retro noir that leads his character into
    believing he is investigating an extramarital affair, but along the way discovers it is a more
    complex probe into corruption within the Los Angeles area involving water and power. In addition,
    there are secrets Faye Dunaway’s character Evelyn Mulwray and her father, John Huston’s Noah Cross
    are hiding.

    ¬†The film’s screenplay won an Academy Award and is now recommended reading to those who wish to
    pursue careers as screenwriters in film. Chinatown also took home a few Golden Globes, including
    Best Motion Picture, another award for Robert Towne’s screenplay, along with Jack Nicholson
    winning for Best Actor and Roman Polanski for Best Director. More awards were given to both
    Nicholson and Towne with Nicholson getting a Best Actor award from BAFTA, and Towne getting an
    Edgar Award.

     Astonishingly, there have been almost no talks of Paramount remaking this film at all whatsoever.
    Maybe it is such a classic in the eyes of filmgoers, they are afraid to do so. There has been one
    sequel entitled The Two Jakes, made a good fifteen years or so after Chinatown. Robert Towne
    returned as screenwriter with Jack Nicholson returning as both lead actor and director. The film
    flopped at the box office, and the last of Robert Towne’s trilogy entitled Cloverleaf, has not
    been produced. Despite The Two Jakes being a flop and Nicholson’s advancing age, there are those who wish to see Cloverleaf dusted off and see Nicholson play J.J. Gittes one last time.

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