As per robert towne, the film is a more accurate portrayal of the private detective archetype than seen in the works of raymond chandler where the likes of philip marlowe are noble tarnished knights or knight in sour armor, j j gittes does actual private detective work that is, taking seedy and sleazy pictures of. Certainly we speak of jake gittes (jack nicholson), the headstrong investigator situated at the center of roman polanski's 1974 classic chinatown as protagonist, jake fulfills the duty of being the character motivated to pursue a successful resolution of the story's central problem but is the hidden nature of the familial. So in chinatown, everything we expect is there, and jack nicholson is jake gittes, the private eye with a past working out of his office in la, and soon enough he humphrey bogart's sam spade, who helped create the private eye archetype in john huston's the maltese falcon in 1941, let us know in no. Evelyn mulwray is eve to jake gittes' adam both are flawed and vulnerable noah cross is the snake, at the end serpentinely carrying catherine away the fall is complete, with jake left as shattered as scottie in vertigo, an equally devastating fall from grace and hope chinatown is archetypal in its use of.
For chinatown is more than just a locale, or a bad memory of jake's it serves as metaphor for the great wrong place, in much the same way hammett used the two jakes is a good period detective film, a wonderful second chance to spend time with jake gittes, and a loving, bittersweet coda to a masterpiece having.
A woman identifying herself as evelyn mulwray hires private investigator jj jake gittes to surveil her husband, hollis mulwray, chief engineer for the los angeles department of water and power gittes tails him, hears him publicly refuse to create a new reservoir that would be unsafe, and shoots photographs of him with.
Movie forums participant rd heath wrote this essay on chinatown in the roman polanski discussion jake tried to interfere in some way with the carefully preserved separation of chinatown's institutions in opposition to cross, jj gittes is identified by a name almost funny and almost an insult.
In this early sequence from the film, private-eye jake gittes interviews a potential client examine the scene carefully and identify the signs, conventions, and formulas that are part of a specific subgenre of the crime film [text of video essay]: reshaping genre in chinatown narrator: although it appears two decades after the.
“chinatown” is technically a neo-noir, operating as a throwback to the noirs of yore, assuming its aesthetic and archetypes and plot, but polanski never hangs a lampshade on the jack nicholson's character jj gittes, who is in every scene of “chinatown” (1974), takes the bogart line and gentles it down.
A list of all the characters in chinatown the chinatown characters covered include: jj (jake) gittes, evelyn cross mulwray, noah cross, hollis mulwray, katherine cross, russ yelburton, lieutenant lou escobar, claude mulvihill, ida sessions, detective loach, man with knife, lawrence walsh, kahn, morty, duffy, curly,. In its opening scene, j j jake” gittes' (jack nicholson) feet are kicked up on his desk and his fine two-tone shoes fill the frame the flaw is he didn't take a lesson from his own archetype: chinatown presented an economy of cause and effect where no character was wasted, where everything was set up.
Lieutenant escobar (perry lopez) urges gittes to go home and his associates pull him away from the vehicle with walsh (joe mantell) famously pleading: “ forget it jake, it's chinatown” 2of course, “forget it jake, it's chinatown” is also one of the many lines in the film that pays due reverence to the screenplay's inspiration. (yes, amazing, she's actually doing a post on character) in the middle of this chinatown story breakdown and analysis it has struck me that the character of jake gittes is a virtual textbook all on his own on techniques of creating a great character so i wanted to do a dedicated post on all – well, some - of.