Chinatown - Exploring The Greatest Screenplay of All Time

by Jack's Movie Reviews

The screenplay for Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974), written by Robert Towne, is often considered to be the greatest screenplay of all time. In this video essay, Jack unpacks the story, discussing its roots in film noir, Towne’s efficient storytelling and where he adheres to and departs from conventions of the Hero’s journey.

 

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