Roman Polanski’s take on the classic detective movie, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway.
Dir Roman Polanski
With Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston
Los Angeles, long famous for year-long sun (it’s why the movie business moved there), was once also prone to drought. Polanski and writer Robert Towne update classic detective movie conventions to make marvellously ironic use of what seems a sunlit paradise built upon dark, subterranean foundations, where the ruthless quest for water is just one aspect of primeval corruption.