Trailer Tuesday: Chinatown (1974)

I was a little too young to watch Chinatown in the theatres when it was first released and sadly it wasn’t until I was in my late teens that I was able to first catch this absolute masterpiece of film neo-noir by Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby) and starring Jack Nicholson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Shining), Faye Dunaway (Bonnie & Clyde, Network), and John Huston (The Maltese Falcon, The Man Who Would Be King).

Since I’m firmly entrenched in playing Rockstar’s film Noir inspired game, L.A. Noire, it seemed the perfect time to post about Chinatown!

A big thanks to Jacknicholsonbr for posting this over at YouTube!

Set in Los Angeles during 1937, the film is based on historical disputes in Southern California that had reared their head during the 1910’s and 1920’s. Though I won’t spoil what the disputes were actually over…it is kind of important to the plot of the story and I refuse to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t had the pleasure of seeing the film yet.

Just a little bit of trivia, the weasel with the knife in the trailer that attacks Jack Nicholson is the film’s director, Roman Polanski. This was also the last movie that Polanski filmed in the U.S. as he fled to France in 1977 for charges against him involving a minor.

If you found yourself intrigued by the trailer above go ahead and do yourself a favor and take some time to watch this film, I’d would say it ranks in my top ten movies of all time.


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5 thoughts on “Trailer Tuesday: Chinatown (1974)

  1. Patrick J Doody says:

    Such a great film. I’m betting we’ll see some influences from this in LA Noire.


  2. Atari Adventure Square says:

    Truly a must-see picture, a jewel of 70s cinema.

    One of my top movies, as well.

    Since I never saw this on the big screen, I was glad to finally see the widescreen image on DVD after years of pan & scan VHS viewings.

  3. Rick says:

    I believe when Jack Nickleson was working on this film is about the time he found out that the woman he believed to be his sister all his life was really his mom.

  4. Andy says:

    Cheers Rick, you do indeed learn something every day :)

    From Wikipedia:
    Nicholson was brought up believing that his grandparents, John Joseph Nicholson (a department store window dresser in Manasquan, New Jersey) and Ethel May Rhoads (a hairdresser, beautician and amateur artist in Manasquan), were his parents. Nicholson only discovered that his “parents” were actually his grandparents and his sister was in fact his mother in 1974, after a journalist for TIME magazine who was doing a feature on Nicholson informed him of the fact.By this time, both his mother and grandmother had died (in 1963 and 1970, respectively). Nicholson has stated he does not know who his father is, saying “Only Ethel and June knew and they never told anybody”,and has chosen not to have a DNA test or to pursue the matter.

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