Iain Gray Freelance Writer

Chinatown - Review

Roman Polanski’s neo-noir classic begins with a seemingly simple case of adultery, but rapidly escalates into a labyrinthine plot involving water, property and, inevitably, murder. 

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Yet as far-reaching as the conspiracy grows, it eventually focuses once more on the terribly human frailties of people and the fact that “at the right time and the right place, they’re capable of… anything”.

Jack Nicholson’s cynical private eye and John Huston’s monstrous father are vivid, perfectly realised creations, and the dense, elegant script by Robert Towne deservedly won the Oscar for Best Writing, Original Screenplay.

In fact, it is probably the greatest script ever written.


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