This 1974 neo-noir film classic still awes and amazes me. It amazes me just as much today as it did when I took the bus to Hollywood during my summer vacation from school and saw it one weekday afternoon at Grauman's Chinese Theater during the first week of its run. It's one of my Top Ten all-time favorite films -- and it's now on Netflix. Jack Nicholson as dapper private eye J.J. Gittes and Faye Dunaway as the glacially elegant and wealthy Mrs. Evelyn Mulwray star in CHINATOWN.
In this tale of corruption, greed and deceit in 1930s Los Angeles, a Los Angeles undergoing a severe drought, actor/director John Huston co-stars as tycoon Noah Cross. This Noah controls the water and has...doubled-Crossed his daughter, Evelyn, When I was a kid in South Central L.A. and saw CHINATOWN for the first time, some people in that weekday matinee audience gave it a standing ovation at the end -- even when a guy in the back rows shouted, "They can't see you! It's a movie!" I loved that movie audience.
Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, in peak form, deliver two of the top Hollywood film performances of the 1970s. There's sharp direction from Roman Polanski and a brilliant screenplay by Robert Towne.
CHINATOWN is a must-see -- ad it's currently on Netflix.