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Chinatown (1974)

Chinatown (1974)

Chinatown is a classic neo-noir film directed by Roman Polanski and released in 1974. Set in Los Angeles in the 1930s, the movie revolves around the dark underbelly of the city and the conspiracy that unfolds behind the seemingly innocuous world of water management.

The film's cast includes the legendary Jack Nicholson in the lead role as J.J. "Jake" Gittes, a private investigator hired to investigate an adultery case that leads him down a treacherous path. Faye Dunaway delivers a captivating performance as Evelyn Mulwray, the mysterious and enigmatic femme fatale who becomes entangled in Gittes' investigation. John Huston plays the formidable Noah Cross, a sinister and powerful figure with dark motives.

Chinatown is celebrated for its intricate and compelling plot, which explores themes of corruption, greed, and the abuse of power. As Gittes delves deeper into the case, he uncovers a web of deceit that reaches far beyond its initial boundaries. The movie's cleverly crafted screenplay, written by Robert Towne, earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The atmospheric and moody cinematography, captured by John A. Alonzo, perfectly complements the film's dark narrative. The stark contrasts, shadowy alleyways, and rain-soaked streets of Chinatown not only serve as an evocative backdrop but also reflect the moral ambiguity and obscurity of the characters' motivations.

Jerry Goldsmith's haunting musical score adds another layer of suspense and tension to the film. The music, featuring delicate piano melodies and haunting strings, intensifies the sense of unease and uneasiness that pervades every scene. Goldsmith's score was nominated for an Academy Award, further solidifying its status as one of the most memorable scores in cinematic history.

Chinatown has become a cultural touchstone and an influential piece of art, often referenced and parodied in subsequent films and television shows. Its impact on the neo-noir genre and detective storytelling cannot be overstated.

If you are a fan of Chinatown and would like to relive the iconic sounds and atmosphere, you can play and download the film soundtrack here. Immerse yourself in the haunting melodies and ambient soundscape that captured the essence of this remarkable film.

Chinatown's enduring legacy lies in its ability to captivate audiences even after decades since its release. Its blend of intricate plotting, stellar performances, and dark atmosphere continues to inspire filmmakers and thrill viewers, making it a timeless cinematic masterpiece.

So, whether you are a fan of film noir, detective stories, or simply appreciate masterful storytelling, Chinatown is an absolute must-watch. Discover the secrets hidden within the alleys of Chinatown and witness a suspenseful tale of corruption and betrayal unfold before your eyes.

A check?
A complete surprise?
A men's room at a Richfield gas station, and The Pig'n Whistle.
A private investigator?
A sort of birthmark.
A wife can tell.
Actually, he's not, Mrs. Mulwray,
Actually, I came to see your husband, Mrs. Mulwray.
Actually, I knew about the affair.
Actually, it was over the Van der Lip Dam.
Actually, this hasn't happened to me for a long time.
All day, sometimes.
All get respectable if they last long enough.
All of it quicker than the wind from a duck's ass.
All of it!
All right, come on. Clear the area! On the sidewalk!
All right, Curly, enough's enough.
All right, mister, who you with,
All right, quit it. Quit, now!
All right, there.
All right.
All right.
Along with Mr. Mulwray.
An hour.
An obituary column. Can you see all right in this light?
And a 12,000 acre water surface.
And at some point, they're going to have to assist me.
And believe me, Mrs. Mulwray, whoever set your husband up,
And either he's the kind who chases after women or he isn't.
And he goes out and he smokes a cigarette.
And he made me a fortune.
And he put up with more from me than you'll ever know.
And he says Gittes knows this,
And he says Gittes knows this,
And he's been going around making irresponsible accusations all last week.
And he's been going around making irresponsible accusations all last week.
And I don't think my father felt that way.
And I like it.
And I still think that you're hiding something.
And I want to know before Escobar gets here,
And it's good advertising.
And Jasper Lamar Crabb, 25,000 acres.
And lawsuit or no lawsuit, I intend to find out.
And let it percolate down to the bedrock, it would stay there
And maybe we can go outside and discuss it.
And money is no object.
And Mulwray isn't?
And never lost a drop.
And not on top of them.
And now you propose yet another dirt banked terminus dam
And remember, I don't have to let you go.
And she's been paying you off like a slot machine ever since.
And since you agree with me that we've never met before,
And that he was afraid what you might do.
And then picking it up for peanuts.
And then they go out and they contemplate the moon
And there is...
And there's always a little run off after they do that.
And there's always a little run off after they do that.
And they don't pay you the same for skipjack as they do albacore or tuna.
And to me.
And too respectable to want your name in the newspapers.
And we're supposed to be in the middle of a drought.
And without water, the dust will rise up and cover us
And you can stay the head of the department
And you can't irrigate an orange grove with it.
And you had one hell of an argument.
And you weren't the least bit upset?
And you're gonna stay there until she does show up.
And you're right.
Anyway, I...
Anyway, this guy who got tired of screwing his wife
Are you frightened for the girl or what Evelyn might do to her?
Are you trying to tell me that he might be behind all this?
As far as it goes.
As little as possible.
As you found out, Evelyn was lost to me a long time ago.
At my age, you tend to forget.
At the Abbacore Club.
At your daughter's house. How soon can you get here?
Back to Mexico.
Bad for the glass.
Because I don't want to lose my license.
Because if she ain't there, you're going downtown,
Because somebody didn't want his body found in the ocean.
Because you don't have a sister.
Beneath this building, beneath our streets, is a desert.
Better call the captain. Get an ambulance.
But aren't you going... Coming back with me?
But believe me, you don't.
But give me a day or two and I'll get back to you.
But he wasn't killed.
But his girl is a witness. So you had to shut her up.
But I'm surprised you're still working for her,
But if this is how you go about your work,
But in case you're interested, your husband was murdered.
But in your business, it's admirable.
But never that.
But the water's not gonna go to L.A., it's coming right here.
But then you'd have to be able to read.
But we also live on the edge of a desert.
But we lost it.
But we've been trying to help some of them out,
But what can we do? The rest of the city needs drinking water.
But what?
But you got the money to keep her mouth shut.
But, Mrs. Mulwray,
But... Now look, what's the matter? What's wrong?
By incorporating the Valley into the city. Simple as that.
Call me Jake. How you doing, Curly?
Call me. I can help.
Call me. I can help.
Can I check one of these volumes out?
Can I help you? Russ Yelburton, Deputy Chief of the department.
Can we leave the lady out of this?
Careful driving home, Curl, huh?
Certainly not spy on my husband.
Charlie! You ought to know better than that!
Chief Engineer?
Claude, take those glasses from him, will you?
Come again?
Come here. I want to show you something.
Come on in, Lou.
Come on out in the kitchen with me for a second, huh?
Come on, Jake.
Come on, Mrs. Mulwray.
Come on. I want you to meet someone, Gittes.
Come, come, Mr. Gitts.
Conspiracy, and extortion, minimum.
Core samples have shown that beneath this bedrock
Curly, you know how long I've been in this business?
Cut it off and feed it to my goldfish.
Cut myself shaving.
Did you get married before or after Mulwray and your father
Did you have affairs?
Did you know you were a very wealthy woman?
Did you talk to him this morning?
Did you wear a uniform?
Didn't they?
Didn't you call me?
Do you happen to know the name of the young lady in question?
Do you have any peroxide, or anything like that?
Do you know me?
Do you know the expression, "Let sleeping dogs lie"?
Do you know where Mulwray's having lunch?
Do you remember the figures we discussed?
Do you remember the last time you saw Mulwray?
Do you speak English?
Do? To whom?
Does my talking about your father upset you?
Does this often happen to you?
Doing what?
Don't be sorry. Neither does Dad.
Don't do anything until I get there.
Don't know her. Take a number.
Don't tell me you're still working for Mrs. Mulwray.
Don't want Mulvihill.
Don't worry, I can recommend a couple.
Don't worry. I'm not going to tell anybody about this.
Down the hatch.
Duffy. Hey, Walsh!
Duffy's on the phone.
Easy. It's an innocent question.
Either you tell me or I guess. I don't know the answer.
Emma Dill, 12,000, Clarence Speer, 5,000,
End up smack in the Pacific Ocean.
Evelyn, put that gun away! Let the police handle this!
Evelyn, you're a disturbed woman. You cannot hope to provide.
Evelyn. Please, please, be reasonable.
Even the death of your husband?
Everything you can see. Everything around us.
Exactly what do you know about me? Sit down.
Financially speaking, of course.
Find anything interesting, Gittes?
Fine. Long as you don't serve chicken that way.
Fools' names and fools' faces.
For God's sake, keep her upstairs. Go back!
For spitting in the laundry?
For the next 20 years.
For very long?
Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.
Forget it, will you, Curly?
Forget it. How would you like to pay me off
Frankly, tonight, you saved my...
Frequently, at lunch, Hollis takes walks around them.
From the city's reservoirs,
Gee, Lou, I'm doing the best I can.
Gee, Mr. Gittes, we're going out tomorrow.
Gee, thanks, Lou.
Gentlemen, today you can walk out that door,
Get away from her.
Get away from her. Get away!
Get in the car.
Get off the street!
Give me a break, will you?
Give me the keys.
Go on!
Go on.
Going someplace?
Good news.
Good night.
Good. What's her name?
Goodbye, ladies.
Had a bureau dresser down there and everything.
Had a falling out finally.
Hard working? Wife? Kids?
Have we ever met?
Have you got your checkbook handy, Mr. Cross? I've got the girl.
Have you had lunch? Kahn can fix you something.
Have your client in my office in two hours.
He ain't armed.
He comes back in the room, he starts screwing again,
He didn't wear bifocals.
He figured if you dumped water into desert sand