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  1. Chinatown — the perfect screenplay?
  2. Chinatown Script - CHINATOWN Screenplay by Robert Towne 3rd...
  3. Chinatown Movie Script
  4. 30 screenplays for every screenwriter to read

FADE IN: FULL SCREEN PHOTOGRAPH. Grainy but unmistakably a man and woman making love. Photograph shakes. SOUND of a man MOANING in anguish. This video looks at the screenplay for 's 'Chinatown,' examining why it's often cited as one of the greatest scripts ever written. "Jake" Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is hired by Evelyn Mulwray to investigate her husband's activities, he believes it's a routine infidelity case. Jake's investigation soon becomes anything but routine when he meets the real Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway) and realizes he was hired by an.

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FOR EDUCATION USE ONLY. NOT FOR REPRINT OR SALE. NOTE: This is a copy of an actual Chinatown shooting script. The Adobe Acrobat file is somewhat . the simpwaperlacal.ga website and on the title page of each script. CHINATOWN STEP SHEET. 1. . Chinatown days, suggests the strong possibility of foul play. Chinatown Shooting Script - Download as PDF File .pdf), Text File .txt) or read online. chinatown script.

Chinatown: Script to Film For the most part, the final screenplay was shot almost exactly as it was written. Nobody said, 'Well, let's try it another way. It is true that the majority of the scenes in the film follow the screenplay. Almost all the dialogue in the film is from the screenplay. However, there are at least four deviations from the script that are worth examining because they represent significant shifts in dramatic and thematic focus. The final scene of the film is radically different from the screenplay and represents Polanski's understanding of the theme of the film and not Towne's. The battle over the ending is well-known and the interviews of Towne and Polanski on the DVD are fascinating in rehearsing the history of the battle. Towne finally acknowledges that Polanski was right. I am going to discuss the difference in detail, because the changes represent such a fundamental change in the meaning of the film. However, there are also three additional changes that are worth examining not because they modify character or theme, but because of their change in dramatic focus. Omission of Jake's flight to Catalina. The first change is an omission. Of course, in the shooting of the film, Polanski made a number of small omissions and revisions to tighten the dramatic economy of the film. But the omission I want to examine is shots in the script, p. This is a scene between Jake and the pilot who flies him to Catalina to meet Noah Cross.

Grainy but unmistakably a man and woman making love. Photograph shakes. Curly towers over.

Chinatown — the perfect screenplay?

A drop plunks on Gittes'. Gittes notes it. A fan whiffs overhead. Gittes glances up at. He looks cool and brisk in a white linen suit despite. Never taking his eyes off Curly, he lights a. Curly, with another anguished sob, turns and rams his fist. He starts. Curly slides on into the blinds and sinks to his knees. All right, enough is enough -you. I just had 'em installed on.

Curly responds slowly, rising to his feet, crying. Gittes pours a large shot. He shoves the glass across his. Curly stares dumbly at it.

Then picks it up, and drains it. He sinks back into the chair opposite Gittes, begins to cry.

He gets up to start to leave again to go look at the moon. She looks at him and says, "Hey, whats the matter with ya. You're screwin' just like a Chinaman!

Lou Escobar] You're dumber than you think I think you are. Others[ edit ] Morty: In the middle of a drought and the water commissioner drowns! Only in L. Man with Knife: You're a very nosy fellow, kitty cat.

Chinatown Script - CHINATOWN Screenplay by Robert Towne 3rd...

You know what happens to nosy fellows? Wanna guess? They lose their noses. Cut it off and feed it to my goldfish. Walsh: Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown. Dialogue[ edit ] Curly: She's just no good.

Gittes: What can I tell you, kid? You're right. When you're right, you're right, and you're right. Mulwray: I've never hired you to do anything, certainly not to spy on my husband.

I see you like publicity, Mr. Well, you're going to get it. Gittes: Now wait a minute, Mrs. I think there's been some misunderstanding here. There's no point in getting tough with me.

I'm just trying-- Mrs. Mulwray: I don't get tough with anyone, Mr. My lawyer does. Yelburton: After you've worked with a man a certain length of time, you come to know his habits, his values - you come to know him - and either he's the kind who chases after women or he isn't. Gittes: Mulwray isn't? Yelburton: He never even kids about it. Gittes: Well, maybe he takes it very seriously.

Gittes: Mulvihill! What are you doing here? Mulvihill: They shut my water off. What's it to you? Gittes: How'd you find out about it?

You don't drink it; you don't take a bath in it They wrote you a letter. But then you have to be able to read. Gittes: I'm not in business to be loved, but I am in business. And believe me, Mrs. Mulwray, whoever set your husband up set me up.

LA's a small town, people talk. I'm just trying to make a living. I don't want to become a local joke. Mulwray: Mr. You talked me into it. I'll drop the lawsuit. Gittes: What? Mulwray: I said I'll drop the lawsuit. So let's just drop the whole thing. Gittes: I don't want to drop it. I'd better talk to your husband about this. Mulwray: Why? What on earth for? Hollis seems to think you're an innocent man. Gittes: Well, I've been accused of a lot of things before, Mrs.

Mulwray, but never that. Somebody's gone to a lot of trouble here and lawsuit or no lawsuit, I intend to find out. I'm not supposed to be the one who's caught with his pants down. So unless it's a problem, I'd like to talk to your husband. Mulwray: Why should it be a problem? Gittes: May I speak frankly, Mrs. Mulwray: Only if you can, Mr. Gittes: Well, that little girlfriend. She was pretty in a cheap sort of a way, of course. She's disappeared. Maybe they disappeared together. Mulwray: Suppose they did.

How does that affect you?

Gittes: It's nothing personal, Mrs. Mulwray: It's very personal. It couldn't be more personal.

Chinatown Movie Script

Is this a business or an obsession with you? Escobar: So, tell me Gittes, how'd you get past the guard? Gittes: Well, to tell you the truth, I lied a little. Escobar: You look like you've done well by yourself. Gittes: I get by. Escobar: Well, sometimes it takes a while for a man to find himself. Maybe you have.

Loach: Yeah, goin' through other people's dirty linen. Gittes: Yeah. Tell me. You still puttin' Chinamen in jail for spittin' in the laundry? Escobar: You're a little behind the times, Jake. They use steam irons now.

30 screenplays for every screenwriter to read

And I'm out of Chinatown. Gittes: Since when? Escobar: Since I made Lieutenant. Gittes: Congratulations. Escobar: [pointing to graffiti on the wall] Isn't that your phone number?

Gittes: Is it? I forget. I don't call myself that often. Gittes: [on the phone] Hello, Miss Sessions. I don't believe we've had the pleasure. Are you alone? Gittes: Isn't everybody? Mulwray: Tell me, Mr. Gittes: Does this often happen to you?

You must read the screenplay itself. Watch the film, but the screenplay is the thing. Read the rhythms. See scripts unfolding. You can find most things if you poke around. Some Like It Hot A deft blend of comedy and drama. A great film. Read the script. Casablanca Is this as good as everyone says it is? Casablanca is here because it tops most lists, though for me, the film is in the acting.

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