CHINATOWN - Screening and Discussion with Robert Spiegelman
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WHY DUNNIT? SCREENING AND DISCUSSION WITH ROBERT SPIEGELMAN

CHINATOWN


Directed by Roman Polanski and starring
Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway


Tuesday, May 2 at 7:30 pm


Members $11 | Public $16

Revisit Chinatown with host Robert Spiegelman for an essential BIG screen showing and exploration of Roman Polanski’s legendary tale of money, power, and desire in 1940s Los Angeles; a prescient warning for environmental conservation.

Murder so foul. Water dumping during a drought. A love foredoomed. The unforgettable “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown…” But is this wail of despair or a rallying cry? Does the film really end on this blue note; or have we missed something big - hidden in plain sight? Spiegelman offers a fresh take on this great film: A whydunnit. An environmental allegory. And an epic saga of the Golden West in drought, both then and now. Come and re-view Roman Polanski’s classic starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and the villainous John Huston – and take away fresh ideas informed by today’s renewed urgency. The film is viewed and followed by extensive discussion. (USA, 1974, 130 min., English, NR, DCP | Dir. Roman Polanski)


Robert Spiegelman is a sociologist, educator, filmmaker and Fordham University curator of Summer Film Series.