Big screen classics


A rich, resonant account of greed, corruption and worse in mid-30s LA.

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USA 1974
Dir Roman Polanski
With Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston
Digital 4K
Certificate 15

With Robert Towne’s richly resonant script, John Alonzo’s meticulous camerawork and uniformly excellent performances, Polanski’s portrait of mid-30s LA – as revealed to complacent PI Jake Gittes (Nicholson) when he takes on a routine divorce case and stumbles into a maelstrom of malignity – is a dark masterpiece of neo-noir. Seldom has the sunbaked paradise of California felt so illusory.

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