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Lange Jason Film 101 M-W 12-150 Paper 2 ChinaTown ChinaTown directed by Roman Polanski is a non-traditional hard-nosed detective film made in the 70s The typical elements of character type are there JJ Gittes a private detective in LA played by Jack Nicholson is the central character sharing the spotlight is Fay Dunaway playing the femme fatale Evelyn Mulwray This film breaks all types of norms when compared to the hard-nosed detective films it is modeled after The film is filled with allusions to the Big Sleep especially taken from scenes of Marlowe and Vivian Chinatown has formal elements indicative that it is going to be in the style of traditional Film Noir hardboiled detective until you examine the characters personalities next to the story content The end of the ChinaTown has a major change from films like the Big Sleep or even the Maltese Falcon JJ Gittes ends up with nothing He loses the girl he loves to a bullet he loses the girl he is trying to protect to the sinister villain Noah Cross The last shot of the film leaves the audience with no hope for the future Gettis is back in ChinaTown the place he has an obvious contempt for the city that took his ex wifes life As the camera cranes upward opening the frame and the crowd of Chinese people surrounds the scene Gettis is escorted away moving to the background We are left with the impression of watching the retreat of someone who has just been bested and is going home alone in defeat with nothing but pain This is a very dark ending there is no hero getting the girl or the split of emotions when the hero has to let the girl go to jail to uphold his code of honor for the murder of his partner The audience is just left with a mostly empty frame Gettis is similar to Marlowe from the Big
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