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My Poster Problem | Chinatown

My Poster Problem | Chinatown

Post-Oscar (I didn’t watch… too much work) poster posting…

In honor of all of the films that should have won Academy Awards but were leveled by the Slumdog juggernaut, I present to you a poster of one of the greatest movies ever made, a film that was itself levelled by another zeitgeist-dominating film, 1974’s The Godfather Part II, which won six Oscars including Picture, Director, Actor, Adapted Screenplay, Art Direction and Original Score. Left behind with only one statuette (a richly-deserved Best Original Screenplay for Robert Towne)? Only Chinatown, which is, as far as I am concered, one of the best movies ever made. It has been said before, but wow, the 1970’s were an insane decade for movies…just look at the Best Director nominees for this year…

Francis Ford Coppola for THE GODFATHER, PART II
Bob Fosse for LENNY
Roman Polanski for CHINATOWN

I mean, come on. If I had a ballot that year, I would have only been able to vote “yes”.

This poster, a small French original from 1974, was a gift from my mom, who had it framed for me and gave it to me for the holidays years ago. I am not sure what it means when your father gives you a poster for a film about divorce and your mother a poster for a noir about incest, but I think that just means they love me and understand my taste in movies (then again, what would Lacan say!??!)…

Anyway, cold comfort on the morning after the Oscars, but remember, make a great movie and the trophies are irrelevant. Time will be the judge of greatness.

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