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'Chinatown' (1974)

Incest and the corruption of Los Angeles through water-rights and real-estate scams in the 1930s supplied the background to this 1974 classic. According to Pauline Kael, legendary film critic of the New Yorker, the screenplay originally had a more upbeat ending in which Jake Gittes, the nosy... File photo
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