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Roman Polanski États-Unis, 1974

Richmond Hill's rating of the film Chinatown

A real corker of noir sensibilities that tips its hat to its Chandler-esque antecedents but opens up in a way that earlier films could only hint at. It has a wonderful zig-zagging, staccato texture of half-finished sentences, interruptions and unexplained details that make up an almost complete jigsaw. The downbeat ending provides an appropriate coda. A stylish assemblage of decidedly unstylish elements.