Chinatown Film Noir

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Chinatown, a movie directed by Roman Polanski, takes place in Los Angeles, California around 1937 but pretty much represents the 1970’s. Polanski transformed the film noir genre with his film. There is also the difference that Chinatown is filmed in color, so most people find it difficult to classify it as a noir film. A film with color it is much harder to create a dark effect, especially in scenes that are filmed outdoors. Noir films are mostly known for their overwhelming of darkness, weird camera angles but Chinatown lacks that aspect. Polanski points out many symbols that remind the audience that although Chinatown is in color, it still belongs in the genre of noir. For example, one of the first lines in the movie is, “I just had [the venetian blinds] installed on Wednesday.” Venetian blinds are frequently seen in the genre of noir films, and so therefore the audience immediately makes the connection to noir films.…show more content…
Though Jake mistakes her for her husband’s killer at first, Mrs. Mulwray eventually transforms to be Chinatown’s most tragic victim. Chinatown for the most part follows the themes of a noir film, but this film separates itself from the general genre, creating an entirely different element in which Roman Polanski examines not only big-money corruption and its evil obsession with money. The film stands as a patriarchy going out of control. It implicatively insinuates that we are powerless in the face of this wicked corruption and abusive power that is capable of anything, including incest: one of the most horrible sins of this world that goes against human decency and gregarious morality

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