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Juneau Empire Online Archive Frontiers News: Chinatown challenges 4/26/98

... Home Sunday, April 26, 1998 Chinatown challenges Merchants struggle to...shelves with trinkets and antiques. Chinatown was reborn - and like chop suey and fortune...said Philip P. Choy, an architect and Chinatown native. ``It's what people thought...

Opens Friday, Jan 4, 2013 Synopsis: "You may think you know what you're dealing with, but believe me, you don't," warns water baron Noah Cross (John Huston), when smooth cop-turned-private eye J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Jack Nicholson) starts nosing around Cross's water diversion scheme. That proves to be the ominous lesson of Chinatown, Roman Polanski's critically lauded 1974 revision of 1940s film noir detective movies. In 1930s Los Angeles, "matrimonial work" specialist Gittes is hired by Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) to tail her husband, Water Department engineer Hollis Mulwray (Darrell Zwerling). Gittes photographs him in the company of a young blonde and figures the case is closed, only to discover that the real Mrs. Mulwray had nothing to do with hiring Gittes in the first place. When Hollis turns up dead, Gittes decides to investigate further, encountering a shady old-age home, corrupt bureaucrats, angry orange farmers, and a nostril-slicing thug (Polanski) along the way. By the time he confronts Cross, Evelyn's father and Mulwray's former business partner, Jake thinks he knows everything, but an even more sordid truth awaits him. When circumstances force Jake to return to his old beat in Chinatown, he realizes just how impotent he is against the wealthy, depraved Cross. "Forget it, Jake," his old partner tells him. "It's Chinatown." Reworking the somber underpinnings of detective noir along more pessimistic lines, Polanski and screenwriter Robert Towne convey a '70s-inflected critique of capitalist and bureaucratic malevolence in a carefully detailed period piece harkening back to the genre's roots in the 1930s and '40s. Gittes always has a smart comeback like Humphrey Bogart's Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe, but the corruption Gittes finds is too deep for one man to stop. Other noir revisions, such as Robert Altman's The Long Goodbye (1973) and Arthur Penn's Night Moves (1975), also centered on the detective's inefficacy in an uncertain '70s world, but Chinatown's period sheen renders this dilemma at once contemporary and timeless, pointing to larger implications about the effects of corporate rapaciousness on individuals. Polanski and Towne clashed over Chinatown's ending; Polanski won the fight, but Towne won the Oscar for Best Screenplay. Chinatown was nominated for ten other Oscars, including Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Cinematography, Art Direction, Costumes, and Score. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi Cast: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Destinations for 2015

...tourists alike don't love Queens attractions like the 1964 World's Fair grounds, the hipster beach scene in the Rockaways, Chinatown in Flushing, the Asian and Latin American ethnic mix in Jackson Heights and the emerging industrial-chic ambience of Long...
Five Good Reads

...the immigrant experience of those who built Vancouver's Chinatown (or "Gold Mountain"). It's set against a backdrop of...view into this community. It's the best exploration of Chinatown and the immigrant experience I've ever read. Jonathan Franzen...
Northwest Digest

...of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Insite, located in the Downtown Eastside slum between the downtown area and Chinatown, is run by Vancouver Coastal Health Authority under a Health Canada exemption that expires Sept. 12. "Some of the major...
8 US soldiers charged in death of Alaska-based comrade

...parents, Chinese immigrants who live near New York City's Chinatown neighborhood.Attorneys for the defendants could not immediately...of Chen's journal released by the Army, OuYang said at a Chinatown news conference.Chen's relatives said they were encouraged...
This Day in History

...nationals living in the United States. In 1983, thirteen people were found shot to death at a gambling club in Seattle's Chinatown district in what became known as the "Wah Mee Massacre." (Two Chinese immigrants were convicted of the killings.) In...
Book review: 'The Luminaries' write about it." She admits to being somewhat "fast and loose" with the history of the region - including having a Chinatown at Kaniere which didn't exist until later. Astrology: More than just the zodiacThe structure of "The Luminaries," which...
Thousands gather at City Hall to view World Series

...similarly illuminated and City Hall is flying team flags over the front entrance.Bars of all stripes, from the Castro to Chinatown were packed with fans and revelers rooting on the beloved Giants. City workers have even erected viewing stands across from...
Best Bets: Top choices: Moving pictures - and those on canvas

...screen, including "The Godfather," "Rosemary's Baby," "Love Story," "The Odd Couple," "Harold and Maude" and "Chinatown." By the early 1980s, the Golden Boy of Hollywood was losing his luster. After a failed marriage to Ali MacGraw, a cocaine...
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