Ralph Melton (ralphmelton) wrote,
Ralph Melton

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We saw the movie Chinatown in the Byham's Summer Film Series last night. It was a very good movie.

I really liked the feel of the movie. It was set in Los Angeles in the 30s or 40s, and I liked that feel of men wearing suits and hats and so forth. It reminded me of the Perry Mason books I've been reading as fluff fiction, and it also reminded me of Raymond Chandler.

It also reminded me a bit of The Maltese Falcon, but I found it much easier to follow and appreciate the twists and turns of Chinatown. I found myself able to anticipate many of the twists, but still found it an enchanting movie.

I found myself noticing the film's use of leitmotifs. I partcularly appreciated the use of the water motif, and the way the Chinatown theme was developed. I also liked the use of the Albacore motif, though I didn't pick up on that until I read a spoilerful article after seeing the movie.

I'm not sure what all to say about it, particularly since I don't want to spoil it for anyone else. But it was a very good movie, and it really fit well to see it at the Byham.
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