In discussing Chinatown one must acknowledge Nicholson's success of capturing the character of Jake Gettes for the big screen; it seems tat Nicholson barely acting.This movie was filmed fourty-two years ago and Nicholson was already hitting his stride.
Say what you will about the man's personal life, there is no denying that Roman Polanski is a master at screen storytelling, crafting a moody and disturbing crime thriller that will have names like Bogey, Bacall, Chandler, and Marlowe going through you head as Polanski proves his understanding and appreciation for the film noir and provides us with a dead solid perfect homage to the genre that entertains from start to finish with a grand assist from Robert Towne's flawless screenplay, which won the film its only Oscar.
by Daniel M
Polanski cutting Nicholson's nose is brilliant and unique, the Nicholson and Dunaway bathroom scene, the joke gone wrong scene, and the orange fields chase.
The scene where Roman Polanski slits Jack Nicholson's nose was extremely complex to film, and the two men involved got so tired of explaining how it was done (by using a specially-constructed knife with a short hinge that would be safe as long as it was handled VERY carefully) that they began to claim Nicholson's nose was actually cut.
Sypnosis : An unoriginal mystery and lacking visuals make for a film that even Jack Nicholson can't save.