Chinatown ★★★★★

Dirty water.

Everyone wants to appear as though their water is clean and respectable (Jake makes a fuss about "working" and making an "honest living"; "He has to swim in the same water we all do."), but just having water at all signifies high class living and moral corruption (Noah Cross has a pool and a fountain in his backyard; "We're in the middle of a drought and the water commissioner drowns."). Class conflict as a struggle for resources in an ocean owned by the aristocracy.

(Piano slowly drips onto the score, building gradually into waves of strings and brass crashing into the rocky shoals of percussion.)

Top 10's: Mystery | 1970's | 70's Neo-Noir
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