As part of Cornerhouse’s My Noir and Matinee Classics seasons, there will be a rare screening of Roman Polanski’s 1974 film Chinatown followed by a post-screen discussion on Wednesday 11 December. Set in 1930, this film is American cinema at its finest. The noir thriller follows private detective Jack Gittes (Jack Nicholson) who is hire to follow a local official who turns up dead. Throughout the film Gittes uncovers a wider conspiracy that reaches the very tip of Los Angeles’ wealthy establishment. The film is inspired by the California Water Wars at the beginning of the 20th Century and is frequently listed among the greatest in world cinema. Polanski’s masterful direction and Robert Towne’s award-winning script are complimented by John Alonzo’s cinematography for the fil,, which features riveting performances by Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The one-off post-screen discussion will be led by Andy Moor, reader in Cinema History at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Wed 11 Dec, Cornerhouse, 70 Oxford Street, M1 5NH, 1.30pm, £5.50 (£4.00 concessions),

Wed 11 Dec
Steven Brown
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Wed 11 Dec 2013