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Chinatown Story Jack Nicholson plays Jake Gittes, a private detective hired to spy on what appears to be an adulterous husband turns out that he’s been used takes are raised when the husband is found dead Jake’s investigation uncovers corrupt business dealings, and an incestuous father Four Image Systems Chinatown has four image systems: Two external Two internal Internal Systems Primary internalized system: Motifs of blind seeing –Windows, rearview mirrors, eyeglasses, particularly-broken spectacle, cameras, binoculars, eyes –If we're looking for evil out in the world we’re looking in the wrong direction. Motif Examples •The first clip- seeing and binoculars •The second clip- windshield and rear-view mirror •The third clip- photography, the lens
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Unformatted text preview: Secondary Internalized System •Political corruption becomes social cement –False contracts, subverted laws, acts of corruption External Systems •First externalized system ● water versus drought •Second externalized system ● sexual cruelty versus sexual love Subliminal •An image system must be subliminal. •Symbols touch us and move us as long as we don't recognize them as symbolic. •Awareness of a symbol turns it into a neutral, intellectual curiosity; powerless and virtually meaningless. Screenwriter as Poet The screenwriter should begin the film's image system ● the director and designers finish it The writer first envisions the ground of all imagery ● the story’s physical and social world...
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