Cinema: Lost Angelenos


Directed by ROMAN POLANSKI Screenplay by ROBERT TOWNE

Raymond Chandler's detective Philip Marlowe once complained that Los Angeles had become "a big hard-boiled city with no more personality than a paper cup." During Marlowe's investigations—adventures that were moral tournaments, really—he had watched the city change. "Los Angeles was just a big dry sunny place with ugly homes and no style, but goodhearted and peaceful," Marlowe thought aloud. "I used to like this town. A long time ago."

It is during that time long ago that Chinatown, an exotic and cunning entertainment, takes place. It is very much molded, too, in the Chandler style,...

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