"Tell me, you still putting Chinamen in jail for spitting in the laundry?" Out of all motion pictures, it's still a personal favorite. It's a masterpiece of storytelling, with towering performances, cinematography that soaks the black summer heat and noirish music that sounds like a crying mariachi. And it's an everlasting allegory of darkness that walks our streets, creeps beneath our sheets and hides from headlines
67/100 (Yönetmenlik, görüntü yönetimi ve oyunculuk becerilerinin altında ezilmiş bir senaryo. Tabi çoğu sinema sever için öyle değil ama bana göre böyle. Senaryo çok fazla saçma sahne barındırmasa da tam anlamıyla inandırıcılıktan yoksun ve sırrın açığa çıkmamasının uzatılması bize film izlediğimizi hatırlatıyor. Teknik yönü yanında filmin eleştiri boyutu iyi olsa da senaryo yüzünden verebileceğim puan bu.)
3.5 stars. I think this is a good movie but it’s prevented from being terrific by the lack of sexual chemistry between the two leads. Independent of each other, they have generated lots of heat over the years. Here, sparks don’t fly. The craftsmanship, the script, the camerawork and the supporting cast carry the film forward, up until that sick ending.
First off fuck Roman Polanski. This is undeniably a very good film though. I was enthralled throughout, chiefly due to the masterful writing/acting which had me hanging onto every single word. For most of the film I figured it was just a great genre piece but not really transcendent in any way. However, the last 6 or so minutes elevated it much higher than I anticipated it could get.
The last lines ("As little as possible", "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown,) tap well into Watergate paranoia, showing what the rich and powerful can get away with within a corrupt system and a misinformed public. If only the rest of the film was as dauntingly subversive and thematically enriched, as Chinatown isn't often as captivating in its narrative/tension. One of Polanski's few (perhaps only) overrated works.
Superb combination of a captivating detective adventure and a piece of art in which political and financial powers are exposed for the viewer to witness. The style of this film is amazing as well. As the film progresses the story and atmosphere becomes increasingly bizarre, climaxing in a beautiful ending. Fantastic film.
A modern film noir that looks, sounds and plays out as a perfect movie with it's top-notch script, excellent cast and beautiful imagery that is a big contract to the gruesome twists and shocks that appear throughout the movie. Sadly, it was not possible for two films to win Academy Award for Best Picture as this one ties with "The Godfather, Part II" in perfection.
Intricately plotted, and practically perfect in every way. The atmosphere is ominous throughout and the whole damn thing just gets more intriguing and depressing with each subsequent viewing. One for the ages; the powers that be are unbeatable and by the time we realize that it will all be too late.