AFI 100 Progress: Chinatown
“All right, Curly. Enough’s enough. You can’t eat the Venetian blinds. I just had them installed on Wednesday.”
With Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston and Burt Young.
I finally got around to watching this classic straight-through after only seeing bits and pieces of it on several occasions, and that’s really the only way to take it in. Polanski has a brilliant sense of pacing as he slowly peels back the layers on this über suspenseful neo-noir. Nicholson is at his best as the ballsy private investigator, and Huston and Dunaway are fantastic as the father and daughter with a mysteriously scarred relationship. The ending is absolutely shocking. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to see this movie in a theater in 1974.
RIYL: L.A. Confidential, The Ghost Writer, Touch of Evil.