LSC Event Descriptions

March 3, 2006

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Rated R
131 minutes

LSC Classics Presents:
Chinatown (1974)
March 3, 2006 at 7:30 and 10:30pm in 10-250.

Director Roman Polanski's classic neo-noir detective story is set during a heat wave in 1930s Los Angeles, where residents suffer from a water shortage due to an ongoing drought. With stellar contributions from composer Jerry Goldsmith and screenwriter Robert Towne, whose script recalls the hard-boiled cynicism of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, Chinatown is a complex and superbly crafted period drama that has become Polanski's most critically acclaimed film. Private investigator Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) runs a sleazy detective agency. When a client (Diane Ladd) hires him to spy on her "husband," who is rumored to be having an affair with a younger woman, Jake uncovers a plot against the man -- but this is only the tip of the iceberg. Also starring Faye Dunaway and John Huston. []

"Amounts to an amazing achievement of cinematic storytelling."
      -- Almar Haflidason, BBC. Read this review.

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