Through unsurpassed directed by Polanski, the story unfolds excruciatingly slowly, with every scene and every bit of dialogue, are elements that will lead to prepare the case. Viewers follow along with the hero, the thread that solved the mystery and the script is so dense that requires our full attention throughout the duration of the film. The Polanski is perhaps the only filmmaker with the patience and perseverance to follow from so close and in such detail the efforts of their heroes.
A point that has been tested at the insistence of Polanski was the finale. The «unhappy end" who decided that Polanski is a mirror of his personal psychology at that time. The film was shot a few years after the gruesome murder of his wife, Sharon Tate by Charles Manson and his followers, which marked his first exile from America. The Americas was the trial of Chinatown, a place where as much as you try, you can not escape their loved ones from death, which comes unprovoked and unjustified.
In Chinatown, the Jack Nicholson gives us one of the best performances of his career, introducing a new hero in the birth of film-noir. "Are you alone?" Asked the Gittes, answering "Isn't everybody?". Loneliness is a basic feature of the heroes of film-noir, that scratches the secrets of others fleeing from their own.
His character is multi-faceted and moves on multiple levels. It's tough enough and hard to beat one "bravo", persistent, intelligent and ingenuity to solve the mystery, with a high idealism ("How much better can you eat? What more can you buy, you can't already afford?" ) landed enough to tell racist jokes, and very sweet and romantic to fall in love with the femme-fatale, who plays the lovely Faye Dunaway.Endiaferousa detail that Mr Nicholson did not HIT weapon anywhere in the tape for accuracy are not even armed!
The tight screenplay by Towne, the excellent direction by Polanski and unsurpassed interpretation of Nicholson, GIVE Without question, the best neo-noir film in American cinema.