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Lecture 36

ENGB70H3 Lecture 36: Chinatown Notes


Department
English
Course Code
ENGB70H3
Professor
Sara Saljoughi
Lecture
36

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Chinatown(dir.RomanPolanski,1974)
MainCharacters:
• NoahCross
• 
Typeoffilm:NewHollywoodCinema(1960's‐1980's)
Historicalcontext:60'scounterculture.
filmnoiranddetectivefilmbeingrevisited[from40s/30s]in70s
• AspectRatio:2.35
InvolvedTerms:
Voyeurism:thesecretviewingofanotherpersoninaplacewherethatpersonwould
haveareasonableexpectationofprivacy.
FlawedVision:notbeingabletoadequatelyunderstandwhatyou'reseeing.
KeydifferencebetweenChinatownandDoubleIndemnity:
• LawprevailsinDoubleIndemnity,notinChinatown
Genre:
• Socialorder/lawvsdisorder/transgression
Chinatown
• Thebandagehewearsonhisnoseshowshisvulnerability
• Inmostscenesheisshowninacorner
• JackNicholsonstartsoffasalightcharactertoaseriousandstressedperson
• "Themoodofthewholecountryhasdarkened,nothingisresolvedattheendof
Godfatherbecausethefamilybusinessgoeson."‐KaulineKael(filmcritic)
• DirectedbyRomanPolanski
• HispregnantwifewaskilledbyMansonandhiscultin1969
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