Evil and Heroism in Chinatown

by Eyebrow Cinema

While most movies present evil as an aberration which can be thwarted by the forces of good, Roman Polanski’s Chinatown suggests the opposite— not only is evil deeply embedded in society, but it is often aided by the rash actions of supposed heroes. In this video essay, Eyebrow Cinema explores the theme of good versus evil in the film, demonstrating how Polanski subverts the archetype of the classical hero.

 

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