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Tuesday, 15 October 2013 at 7.15pm
Femmes Fatales
  • Period thriller
  • 1974
  • USA
  • Colour
  • 130 mins.
 
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Jack Nicholson here gives one of his best performances, playing a private eye called Jake Gittes, who pokes his nose rather too deeply into the lives of Faye Dunaway and her father, John Huston, a corrupt Los Angeles tycoon. Writer Robert Towne planned a trilogy about LA, and this first part, set in the 1930s, deals with the city's water supply and how that source of life leads to death and profit. The script - the best original work since Citizen Kane - is brilliantly organised, though the ending was changed when Roman Polanski arrived as director: Towne's story never got to Chinatown; Polanski insisted the climax was set there. The result was acrimony behind the scenes and genius on the screen in a masterpiece that repays any number of viewings.

Adrian Turner in Radio Times Film Guide

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Director:

 
Roman Polanski

Cinematographer:

 
John A. Alonzo

Screenplay:

 
Robert Towne

Cast:

 
Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston
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