(Roman Polanski, US 1974, 130 min.)

You Don’t Know Jack: Jack Nicholson in the ’70s A sun-dappled film noir for the ’70s, replete with political paranoia, intricate conspiracies, and an energy crisis. Nicholson offers an uncharacteristically understated performance (his face bandaged for much of the film) as J.J. Gittes, the bedroom dick who suddenly finds
himself sifting through mysterious real estate transfers for clues to an unfolding plot to control Los Angeles’s water and its economy. Robert Towne’s dense and historically informed screenplay receives cynical and unsentimental direction from Polanski. Co-starring Faye Dunaway and the quietly evil John Huston.