The Great Movies: Chinatown (1974)

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Watch the movie on Kanopy beforehand, then join us for a lively Friday evening discussion on Zoom. Register for this program to receive the Zoom login information via email.

A landmark movie in the film-noir tradition, Chinatown stands as a true screen classic. Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together.

Winner of the Best Original Screenplay Award at the Academy Awards. Winner of the Best Director, Best Actor and Best Screenplay Awards at the Golden Globes and the BAFTA Awards.

"It's a 1940s private-eye movie that doesn't depend on nostalgia or camp for its effect but works because of the enduring strength of the genre itself" - Roger Ebert,

Rated R for nudity and sexual situations, profanity, violence; 131 min. 

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