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 investigationsadventures that were moral tournaments, reallyhe 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,...