Saturday, September 12, 2015

Chinatown

Watched this last night. What a masterpiece.

Polanski and Towne and Nicholson via Hawks and Chandler and Bogart. A memorable pre-cliche performance from Nicholson, but a big part of its magic comes from the clear knowledge of all involved (including the audience) that the lines have been written as though issuing from Bogart's mouth.

A major achievement and a great gift, especially to those of use who obsess about THE BIG SLEEP.