Monday, June 18, 2012

Chinatown



Chinatown [Blu-ray]

#19 (1998) and #21 (2007) on the AFI Hundred Best Movies Lists

Chinatown is a 1974 American neo-noir film, directed by Roman Polanski from a screenplay by Robert Towne and starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston. The film features many elements of the film noir genre, particularly a multi-layered story that is part mystery and part psychological drama. It was released by Paramount Pictures. The story, set in Los Angeles in 1937, was inspired by the California Water Wars, the historical disputes over land and water rights that had raged in southern California during the 1910s and 1920s, in which William Mulholland acted on behalf of Los Angeles interests to secure water rights in the Owens Valley. Chinatown was the last Roman Polanski film made in the United States before his escape to Europe.

Chinatown has been called one of the greatest films ever made. It holds 2nd position on American Film Institute list of Best Mystery Films of all time. Chinatown was nominated for eleven Academy Awards, winning in the category of Best Original Screenplay for Robert Towne. It also won Golden Globe Awards for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay. In 1991, Chinatown was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

A sequel, called The Two Jakes, was released in 1990, starring Jack Nicholson, who also directed it, with a screenplay by Robert Towne. The film, however, failed to generate as much acclaim as its predecessor.

* Jack Nicholson as J.J. "Jake" Gittes
* Faye Dunaway as Evelyn Cross Mulwray
* John Huston as Noah Cross
* Perry Lopez as Lieutenant Lou Escobar
* John Hillerman as Russ Yelburton
* Darrell Zwerling as Hollis I. Mulwray
* Diane Ladd as Ida Sessions
* Roy Jenson as Claude Mulvihill
* Roman Polanski as Man with Knife
* Richard Bakalyan as Detective Loach
* Joe Mantell as Lawrence Walsh
* Bruce Glover as Duffy
* Nandu Hinds as Sophie
* James O'Rear as Lawyer
* James Hong as Kahn
* Beulah Quo as Mulwray's Maid
* Jerry Fujikawa as Mulwray's Gardener
* Belinda Palmer as Katherine Cross
* Roy Roberts as Mayor Bagby
* Noble Willingham as Councilman
* Elliott Montgomery as Councilman
* Burt Young as Curly
* Elizabeth Harding as Curly's Wife

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