Rockstar Recommends: “Chinatown”
Chinatown (1974; Dir. Roman Polanski)
While it may be an obvious reference point for a modern production of a Film Noir period crime thriller, we would be remiss not to officially recognize and recommend "Chinatown" as a key film to watch for those looking to get in the spirit of things leading up to L.A. Noire's May release.
Easily the greatest Film Noir made after the genre's original heyday in the 40's & 50's, "Chinatown" spins the tale of private investigator Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson in one of the most memorable roles of his entire stellar career) led by an enigmatic female client with a seemingly straightforward case - into twists and turns, cover-ups and conspiracies, hidden truths and abounding intrigue. Jake finds himself in for way more than ever anticipated and unwittingly embroiled in a dangerous plot.
Directed by Roman Polanski, who himself makes a great cameo appearance as a switchblade-wielding henchman - "Chinatown" is not only one of the genre's best, but is regarded by many as being among the finest films ever made.
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