Chinatown (1974)

They mentioned this movie on ‘The Nature of Things’ with David Suzuki. In a tv episode of their tv show where they show about how dry Los Angeles is. As how no rain has fallen. If the scorching heat would keep up, the California coast would be toast. 

Turner Classic Movies host Eddie Muller, who saw this a long time ago, became a better person. And therefore, he became a film expert only on film noir movies like this one and “Killers Kiss”. In addition, it’s all thanks to filmmaker Roman Polanski. The same filmmaker who was married to 26 year old American actress Sharon Tate, until his pregnant wife was murdered by those hippie weirdos in early August of 1969. Terrible event.

This here, is the very first Roman Polanski movie I had ever reviewed. Set during the Great Depression in the summer of 1937, all of California needed lots of water. Even if they wanted lots of rain. So while everyone needed lots of water, and were against the government, a private investigator was hired to go after a cheating husband. Unfortunately, the man was killed as he did a little detective work on his wife. If her cheating husband was ever involved in this ‘water wars’ that they faced during the Great Depression.

The best scene in this was that in the beginning of the movie, during the courtroom scene, a farmer came in as he brought in a flock of sheep in. He told the people in court how much he and his stock needed lots of water. 

Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, Burt Young, and John Huston (before he was the Lawgiver in “Battle for the Planet of the Apes”) are the only stars I know of in this. But wait a tic. While you watch this, keep an eye on a guy with the knife who cuts the detectives nose. That was Roman Polanski himself.

After this, film critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times added this movie to his “Great Movies” list, saying that Nicholson’s performance was “key in keeping Chinatown from becoming just a genre crime picture”, along with the screenplay as he believed that this “seems to settle easily beside the original noirs”. 

The effort on this made this win four Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture- Drama. At the Oscars, it was nominated for 11 awards, but won Best Original Screenplay. The rest were given to “The Towering Inferno”, “Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”, “Earthquake”, “The Great Gatsby”, and “The Godfather: Part II”.

So for a success, 7.3/10 stars is what I give. ADULTS ONLY. NOT RECOMMENDED FOR TEENAGERS UNTIL AFTER THEY TURN 18. Same thing to the ‘Godfather’ movies by Francis Ford Coppola. 

In conclusion, two more things. One mostly is that as of 2021, Los Angeles, California could use a lot of water for their state. Even if they faced a rainy season for 40 days and 40 nights. Nothing more, nothing less. For their valleys and farms to be hydrated as we thank David Suzuki for telling us about this. And two, believe it or not, on the night that Roman Polanski’s wife Sharon Tate was murdered, the unborn child was posthumously named Paul Richard Polanski. A baby boy. An unborn baby boy stabbed in the stomach womb of Sharon, no thanks to those hippie weirdos lead by Charles Manson who was described ‘Mad as a hatter’. 

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