Chinatown ★★★★★

"Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown." 

Jack Nicholson -- whose cinematic run in the 70s is almost unparalleled -- headlines Roman Polanski's stark, thrilling detective drama in which he plays, infamously, Jake Gittes, a nose-bandaged P.I. investigating a seedy case involving adultury, murder and….water. 

Faye Dunaway, whose character has a couple of tricks up her sleeve, is brilliantly seductive as the woman who hires him, and John Huston is the creepy subject in which Jake is hired to investigate. 

"Chinatown" is a skilled, unpredictable noir thriller, and it's very easy to see why this is hailed as a masterpiece of any year, any genre.

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