Chinatown

In the 40th Anniversary year of this classic film, California faces its worst drought in decades. Based in part on real events that formed the California Water Wars, it is set during a serious drought in LA, where a private detective gets caught up in a web of deceit, corruption and murder.

 

Directors

Roman Polanski

Country

USA 

Year

1974

Running Time

130 mins 

 

 

   

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ChinatownWith a plot based in part on real events that formed the California Water Wars, this classic film is set during a serious drought in Los Angeles. A private investigator, Jake Gittes, is hired to spy on Hollis Mulwray, the chief engineer for the city’s water department, who spends most of his time investigating dry river beds. When Mulwray is found dead, clues suggest a scandal in the city government. Despite the drought and an expensive proposal to build a new dam, the Water and Power Department is dumping fresh water into the ocean at night. Following clues, Gittes begins to unravel the scandal. The film stars Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and John Huston.

Screening: May 31, 2014 at Roxie Theater. 40th Anniversary Screening