• October 25th, 2010

    Chinatown voted Greatest Film Ever

    Chinatown voted Greatest Film Ever

    It's the film that cemented Jack Nicholson's reputation as the best American actor of his generation and it was the last film Roman Polanski would make in the US before he fled the country in disgrace. Now, 36 years later, their 1974 release Chinatown has been voted the greatest film ever made.

    The Chandleresque ''neo-noir'', with an Oscar-winning script by Robert Towne and a superlative performance by Nicholson as detective J.J. Gittes, was voted into first place by a panel of Guardian and Observer critics. Chinatown beat six other films in a shortlist drawn from the recently published seven-part newspaper series, The Greatest Films of All Time.
    Equal second were Alfred Hitchock's Psycho (from the horror section) and Andrei Tarkovsky's Andrei Rublev (from the arthouse section).

    The Guardian's film critic, Peter Bradshaw, says Chinatown is ''such a powerful piece of myth-making, a brilliant evocation of Los Angeles as a spiritual desert''. The Observer's Philip French considers it a movie of ''near perfection''. Polanski had a cameo role as a stiletto-wielding hoodlum who slices open Nicholson's nose.

    The seven best: 1. Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974); 2. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock, 1960) and Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966); 4. Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977); 5. 2001: A Space Odyssey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968); 6. Brief Encounter (David Lean, 1945); 7. Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola, 1979).

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Rick - Wednesday, 24th Nov 2010 @ 23:18

I first seen the film at the Philips Highway Plaza theatre, Jacksonville FL, in 1974. Later I bought the widescreen VHS, and wore it out. Now I have it on DVD. I have seen the movie at least 50 times, and yes, it is perfection on film.

Situ - Friday, 29th Oct 2010 @ 16:42

I'm supporting you. not for the timing its forever. I LOVE YOU JACK

farshid - Monday, 25th Oct 2010 @ 18:27

you are shine smile

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