"You may think you know what you're dealing with, but believe me, you don't," warns water baron Noah Cross (John Huston), when smooth cop-turned-private eye "Jake" Gittes (Jack Nicholson) starts nosing around Cross's water diversion scheme. Often lauded in terms of it's classic Oscar-winning script and flawless photography, it is also a masterpiece of film scoring: Jerry Goldsmith, who wrote the wonderfully atmospheric music in ten days, really underscores the emotional tone of the film; David Lynch cites Chinatown as his favorite film score of all time.


Roman Polanski

USA 1974 130m