Monday, September 1, 2008


Dir: Roman Polanski, 1974 (8.2*)

Best Picture (GG)
AFI Top 100
Though not the greatest crime film, certainly a good example of "modern noir". There are some unforgettable scenes here, but overall the plot may drag a little and eventually stretch the viewer's credulity.

Jack Nicholson is a 40's style gumshoe detective, who uncovers a plot concerning the city's water supply and possible corruption. (Here in the U.S.? NO!) John Huston is a little over the top in a supporting role, as is Faye Dunaway as his daughter, but the star is Robert Towne's script, which won an Oscar® and elevated him to the highest paid screenwriter at the time. One Oscar® (11 nominations).


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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.

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