A behind-the-scenes look at the lives and times that brought us the 70s film noir classic Chinatown. Well-researched and compelling, Wasson’s book dives into the many influences on and vagaries plaguing the film’s creative process and screenplay. It was hard to put down. Wasson focused on Roman Polanski, screenwriter Robert Towne, producer Robert Evans, Jack Nicholson, and Faye Dunaway, along with Sharon Tate, Anjelica Huston, John Huston and more, all connected to the project in some way or another, and at a time when Hollywood was becoming more corporate, less freewheeling and inventive. Ben Affleck recently signed a deal to direct an adaptation of this one, not surprisingly for Paramount. C'mon, Jack, how about a return to the big screen? Who else could pull off John Huston?
The Big Goodbye
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