Posted on 9/28/09 10:45 AM
With Roman back behind bars, here's the Dude's take on his classic film noir/crime drama masterpiece Chinatown. Never more can the expression life imitating art or art imitating life seem more apropos for a film maker that claims the spotlight for better or worse. His personal life alone makes for some amazing fluff.
Anyways, back to Chinatown, a film as relevant today as it was in 1974. Chinatown explores corporate greed, murder and incest set as a period piece in LA circa 1930s. It's a complex yarn of a plot so to describe it in detail would be confusing. Here's the nutshell > The folks at the water works inc are up to no good. Add the murder of the chief engineer and things are not what they seem with the evidence on display while the detectives' nose sniffs for clues to the truth.
It's a picture that takes it's time telling the story and it needs to given the lack of narrative. Normally a crutch of Hollywood fair like this. It's refreshing not to have the protagonist blabbing away during useless segues to help the ignorant. Instead the viewer works along side Jack Nicholson (JJ Gittes), the PI hired to unravel the clues as characters come clean.
It's a marvel of visual style with the constant backdrop of smog-less LA. Boasting excellent production values as you would expect and possibly the best film of it's genre. IMO.
Much like his private life headlines, it's hard not to rubber-neck Polanski's pictures.