Movie Diary 11/9/2021

Chinatown (Roman Polanski, 1974). If you wanted a starting place for the movie’s greatness, you might compare it to the other period films of the era – The Great Gatsby; The Sting; Farewell, My Lovely – and measure how each film uses top-drawer studio craft, yet the others look pretty and cartoony next to the way Chinatown lives and breathes.

And just by the way, we will talk about Chinatown in Saturday’s meeting of Scarecrow Academy, a free online course on “The Art in Noir,” presented by Scarecrow Video. That’s Saturday Nov. 13 at 2 pm Pacific Time; the sign-up link is at the Scarecrow Academy page. I introduce the movie below.