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Available for the first time on Blu-ray, Oscar winner Jack Nicholson returns as private eye Jake Gittes in this atmospheric CHINATOWN follow-up that's hit upon "the elusive sequel formula for somehow enhancing a great original" (Mike Clark, USA Today).Much has changed since we last saw Jake. The war has come and gone; 1948 Los Angeles teems with optimism and fast bucks. But there's one thing Jake knows hasn't changed: "Nine times out of ten, if you follow the money you will get to the truth." And that's the trail he follows when a routine case of marital hanky panky explodes into a murder that's tied to a grab for oil--and to Jake's own past.
- Language : English
- Product dimensions : 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 56.13 Grams
- Manufacturer reference : BR59213150
- Media Format : Blu-ray
- Release date : 15 September 2020
- Actors : TWO JAKES
- Subtitles: : English, German
- Studio : ACQUISITION - PPC
- ASIN : B08CPC8LBJ
- Country of origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
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The 1st attempt in 1984/5 with Robert Evans, Robert Towne and Jack Nicholson,collapsed in personal acrimony-centred on Evan’s ill-fated attempt to make a come -back as an actor, playing the 2nd Jake. Paramount too had 2nd thoughts. The project was only revived 4 years later, with the box-office clout of Nicholson as both star and director. The film is an auteur piece, but with the wrong auteur. Nicholson’s direction puts a good-looking movie together, with well-crafted physical feel to it, with good period details, set costumes and cars. There is good camera work, everything is moving fluidly on the surface, but he doesn’t make the elements underneath click. Scenes don’t move smoothly from one to the next, they seem to collide and cancel each other out. He shows no talent for story telling. Jake seems more secure and successful (even smug and smarmy), but is personally all at sea. There is something of the clown about Gittes, victimised by the (plentiful) women in his life, and played by Nicholson, in an unflatteringly wide 40s ‘look’, as a man always on the point of being knocked sideways(as he is by one explosion and three earthquakes in the movie).
Harvey Keitel is watchable, turning from badass, but adding shading and vulnerability to his role: we watch him come to terms with himself and the central conceit of his life. Meg Tilly and Madeleine Stowe make a good fist of their roles. But the script has certain parallels with Towne’s own directed effort Tequila Sunrise, doodling as an exercise in male bonding- the same over awe for its own script, while building up no interest in the characters or tension in plot. The two Jakes finally triumphing over the miasma of the past, and the regimen of femmes fatales, to land in each other’s arms.Van Dyke and Jo Stafford provide a good soundtrack. We learn the past is never past helped by Zsigmond’s cinematography.Gittes remains deeply hurt by the murder of Faye Dunaway's Evelyn Mulray in Chinatown.