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65279Power Sometimes people in a relationship do not grasp their powerlessness in comparison to other parties Often in these cases objective outsiders can see even though those involved appear to be blind In the Chinatown scene where Jake Gittes and Noah Cross have lunch together the director reveals for the viewer the balance of power between the two Mr Gittes is a private investigator and therefore derives his power from uncovering the secrets of others This scene establishes Crosss power to the viewer while making Gittes feel he himself is empowered because he feels he knows all of Mr Crosss secrets Mr Gittes feels he has the upper hand because he believes he knows all of Mr Crosss secrets When Mr Gittes tells Cross that Evelyn believes her husband was murdered Mr Cross asks Umm howd she get that idea The hesitation between the Umm and the rest of the question is noticeable To Gittes this hesitation makes Cross appear guilty leading him to suspect Mr Cross in the murder When the topic of Mulwrays murder comes up Mr Cross becomes inquisitive about the investigation He wants to know what the police say He also wants to know if the chief investigator Lt Escobar is a capable man Both of these are questions about the investigation the answers to which could allow Mr Cross to make a reasonable assessment as to whether he may be caught Mr Cross then asks whether the Lt is an honest man implying that Mr Cross may be interested in paying him off something that is certainly a possibility because Mr Cross is wealthy Later in the conversation Mr Gittes asks Mr Cross when was the last time he Mr Cross spoke with Mr Mulwray Mr Cross pretends not to remember and thinking he has the upper hand Mr Gittes refreshes his memory telling Mr Cross he has photographic evidence of their meeting This is something that Mr
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