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the chinatown auteur, however, knew that style alone was useless. james ellroy once said about the film, it wasnt just about the casting, or the sets, or the music, or anything. its about a human problem thats been there all the time. it was about people, and it was about the city, and it was about people and the city.
the success of chinatown has been largely overshadowed by the success of l.a. confidential and the three sequels, and the film is often criticized for its depiction of the valley and chinatown. many believe that chinatown was a stylistic exercise, not an accurate documentary. however, in a recently released episode of the lost film guru youtube channel, a scholar of the film, dr. bob mizer, called chinatown an accurate depiction of life in los angeles in 1927. he said, it was a very accurate portrayal of what was going on in los angeles and what actually happened. he even went on to say, theyre really not exaggerating much. theyre just getting the facts right.
with this knowledge, chinatown was never so much a film about los angeles as it was a film about a city. when people speak of the film, they are speaking about the real events that led to the dams collapse in 1928. when people critique the movie, they are really critiquing the city. this is why chinatown is so profound.
with this, chinatown was not just a film about los angeles, but a film about the citys future. in the years that followed, the city would slowly transform from a quiet agricultural town to a bustling metropolis of nearly 4 million people. as one of the only studios that wasnt destroyed by the fire in santa monica, chinatown remains the spot where the city began. the future of the city and hollywood are directly linked to this movie.
the story begins with the birth of chinas most infamous crook, and we follow him through his crimes and eventual capture. but the early scenes are painfully slow and the film is so obsessed with an in-depth explanation of how chinas businesses work that you never really feel engaged with the characters. it takes until the action begins that the plot starts moving. this whole time, youll be thinking: how the hell did this movie take so long to get going?
and once the plot kicks into high gear, youll find yourself in the same position that we all are: we cant wait for the next installment. as towne explains in the dvd commentary, chinatown was an attempt to take on the high noon genre, in which we follow the evolution of the hero through their own personal journey. this movie does that, but it does so by following the journey of an entire city.
the movie is so good at everything else that its ending feels like a letdown. and even though chinatown is generally considered a cult classic, and even though it is a story that should be told over and over again, its ending is, for lack of a better word, stupid. it gets away with it because the rest of the film is so great. but in the end, theres not much there to hold your attention after the characters have all been either cornered or killed off.
in its own way, the ending of chinatown serves as a cautionary tale to audiences. theres no sense of hope in it. you can sense that theres no way out for the characters, and that theres no way out for the story. you dont care about anything that happens to any of them. you feel that this ending is inevitable, and that theres nothing to be done about it. but the fact that it can get away with it is proof that chinatown is a truly great movie.