Chinatown in 4K

Chinatown in 4K

Selected by the Production Design Branch. Free for Museum Members.

Selected by the Production Design Branch.

Robert Towne’s Oscar-winning original screenplay wove Los Angeles history into an intricate mystery plot. Private detective J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson in one of his most effortlessly charismatic performances) discovers that what seems to be a simple divorce case is just one thread in a complex web that puts him in physical and emotional danger. The film earned 11 nominations including Best Picture and Art Direction, with the legendary production designer Richard Sylbert (aided by art director W. Stewart Campbell and set decorator Ruby Levitt) creating an indelible vision of 1937 Los Angeles that combined studio sets and memorable locations.

DIRECTED BY: Roman Polanski. WRITTEN BY: Robert Towne. WITH: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Hillerman, John Huston. 1974. 130 min. USA. Color. Scope. English. Rated R. 4K DCP.

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