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.
Chinatown and The Two Jakes on Wikipedia
The story of the real-life water and power scandal
Links to: Robert Evans and Jerry Goldsmith
1974 Academy Award winners and nominees
Robert Towne’s Oscar acceptance speech (starting at 1:30)
Roman Polanski’s 2002 Oscar win (standing ovation begins at 1:05)
Links to: The Maltese Falcon and Vertigo and It’s A Wonderful Life and The Two Jakes and Roman Polanski documentary and L.A. Confidential
YouTube links: Nicholson v. Huston and Katherine’s parentage is explained and the ending and Breaking Bad’s “Half Measure” scene
Previously on the T100P: American Graffiti
Next week on the T100P: The Godfather Part II
4 thoughts on “Chinatown (1974)”
OK! CA trivia re: ’70s AFI movies with sequels:
1) The French Connection
2) The Last Picture Show
3) The Godfather
4) American Graffiti
6) The Godfather Part II
9) Star Wars
Also, you’ll like this, especially the last 30 seconds:
We didn’t include the Godfather movies, but otherwise you’ve got ’em all. Well done!
Thanks for the plug, Andrew! I just noticed this a few days ago. I read your whole write-up about us on your blog. Much appreciated, sir!