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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