Chinatown (1974)

Chinatown (40:30)

Chinatown 2

T100P podcast #87 covers one of the most flawless movies you’ll ever see. Highlights: Polanski’s direction, Towne’s screenplay, Goldsmith’s music and Nicholson, Dunaway & Huston headlining a superb cast. The plot is convoluted and the life-imitating-art aspects are eerie, but the film itself remains practically perfect. Hear us and don’t forget your caffeine enhancement, Jake, by ordering some Sparkplug Coffee.

LINKS:

Chinatown and The Two Jakes on Wikipedia

The story of the real-life water and power scandal

Robert Evans on IMDb

Jerry Goldsmith on IMDb

AFI’s Top 100 lists

AFI’s Heroes & Villains list

1974 Academy Award winners and nominees

Rotten Tomatoes reviews

The Maltese Falcon and It’s A Wonderful Life on IMDb

The Maltese Falcon and Vertigo and It’s A Wonderful Life T100P podcasts

The Two Jakes and Roman Polanski documentary and L.A. Confidential on IMDb

Nicholson v. Huston on YouTube

Katherine’s parentage is explained on YouTube

The ending on YouTube

Robert Towne’s Oscar acceptance speech (starting at 1:30)

Roman Polanski’s 2002 Oscar win (standing ovation begins at 1:05)

Breaking Bad’s “Half Measure” scene on YouTube

Previously on the T100P: American Graffiti

Next week on the T100P: The Godfather Part II

4 thoughts on “Chinatown (1974)

  1. OK! CA trivia re: ’70s AFI movies with sequels:

    1) The French Connection
    2) The Last Picture Show
    3) The Godfather
    4) American Graffiti
    5) Chinatown
    6) The Godfather Part II
    7) Jaws
    8) Rocky
    9) Star Wars

    Also, you’ll like this, especially the last 30 seconds:

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