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'Chinatown' Trailer : The crown jewel in Polanski's filmography, "Chinatown" is a cracked, cold masterpiece, a revisionist origin story for modern America. Working with Jack Nicholson at the height of his smart-alecky charm with a near-perfect script by Robert Towne, Polanski trades the blacks and whites of noir for a sunbaked look at the shadowy, seamy side of Los Angeles. "Chinatown" works as both an apotheosis of noir and a subversion of it, where the slick private eye only makes things worse and the femme fatale is the only truly selfless character. It's the ultimate look at Polanski's interest in power and a world gone mad, where the reason behind the exploitation of both land and personal trust are simply because the villain was capable of it, and where the hero can't even bring light to the truth. "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown." [A]

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