Paramount On Screen: Chinatown [R]
Movies | 03/10/2024 | 2:00PM
Profoundly cynical but also empathetic, 1937 Los Angeles’ well-dressed private investigator and expert in adultery cases, Jake Gittes, runs a successful business. Then, all of a sudden, a cryptic blonde walks into his office, convinced that her husband, Hollis Mulwray, the chief engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, is having an affair. And, just like that, Gittes finds himself entangled in a murky case of deceit and murder. As a result, corrupt government officials and murderous henchmen are after Gittes for sticking his nose into an elaborate and dangerous conspiracy, and as if that weren’t enough, Jake is now starting to believe that he’s been had. However, in this thorny case, almost everybody has a skeleton in the closet. Can Gittes get to the bottom of it before it is too late?
Image credits: Paramount Pictures
Did you know?
- After several takes that never looked quite right, Faye Dunaway got annoyed and told Jack Nicholson to actually slap her. He did and felt very guilty for it, despite it being Dunaway’s decision. The shot made it into the movie.
- Jack Nicholson (Jake Gittes) is present in every scene of the film.
- The screenplay is now regarded as being one of the most perfect screenplays ever written and is now a main teaching point in screenwriting seminars and classes everywhere.
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