Cinema Dissection: Chinatown
April 13, 2024
What makes for a perfect neo-noir? Is it a period setting? Is it a modern engagement and appraisal of film noir’s tropes and themes? Or is it just the basic act of filmmakers paying homage to the classic crime flicks of the 1940s and 1950s? What even is neo-noir? Well, Chinatown is the perfect neo-noir. Director Roman Polanski took Robert’s Towne’s dark, labyrinthine script and fashioned one of the best films to emerge from New Hollywood.
Join facilitator and SIFF Programmer Dan Doody on a scene-by-scene investigation into dames, bribery, corruption, and murder, all leading to one of cinema’s most iconic final lines, “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.”
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Saturday, April 13, 2024