Chinatown 1974 M

6.00PM Wed 17 May 2017 (2hrs 10mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

Los Angeles, 1937: When private detective JJ Gittes (Jack Nicholson) takes on the seemingly straightforward case of investigating a millionaire suspected of infidelity, he soon becomes embroiled in a web of deceit and corruption relating to the water supply in California. Robert Towne's Oscar-winning screenplay was inspired by the state's real-life water wars where city officials were accused of stealing from local farmers. Roman Polanski transforms this archetypal scenario, creating a work of masterful characterisation, styling and storytelling that explores the corrupting qualities of money and power more broadly. Shot in Technicolor, Chinatown evokes a bygone era and its lead performances remain stellar; Faye Dunaway is breathtaking as the mysterious femme fatale, while Nicholson gives a career-defining performance as the detective made patsy for a larger crime.

CREDITS

35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 130 MINUTES, UNITED STATES, ENGLISH/CANTONESE/SPANISH / DIRECTOR: ROMAN POLANKSI / PRODUCER: ROBERT EVANS / SCRIPT: ROBERT TOWNE / CINEMATOGRAPHER: JOHN A. ALONZO / EDITOR: SAM O'STEEN / CAST: JACK NICHOLSON, FAYE DUNAWAY, JOHN HUSTON, PERRY LOPEZ / MUSIC: JERRY GOLDSMITH / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: PARAMOUNT PICTURES, LONG ROAD PRODUCTIONS, ROBERT EVANS COMPANY / PRINT SOURCE: NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE AUSTRALIA / RIGHTS: PARAMOUNT PICTURES / SCREENING FORMAT: 35MM

M | Medium Level Violence, Adult Themes, Low Level Coarse Language