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  • Chinatown Alternative Movie Poster



    “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.”

    Roman Polanski’s “Chinatown” is one of cinemas finest detective movies accompanied by an incredible marketing campaign headed by Jim Pearsall in 1974. This multi-award winning film has been complemented by a series of alternative movie posters over the years with this most recent commission by Laurent Durieux is the best and destined as a future classic. Much like a fine wine Durieux’s art prints age very well, getting better and better with each viewing. and he has produced an outstanding addition to the title, truly eye-catching and super stylish. The deep, rich colours are predominantly blues and purples with ‘Chinatown’ printed in contrasting bright pink ink. Originally rolled (as issued) this signed and hand-numbered offering (#175/500) looks and displays to excellent effect with very minimal handling wear. An extremely scarce, selling out in near record time modern art print, collectable item of movie memorabilia from a true Hollywood classic.

    Trivia: There is a rumour that this was the first part of a planned trilogy written by Robert Towne about J.J. “Jake” Gittes and Los Angeles. The second part, The Two Jakes (1990), was directed by Jack Nicholson. The supposed third part never existed, as later confirmed by the writer; however, certain elements and details of the story (a corrupt company called Cloverleaf tries to buy up all public transportation in order to replace it with freeways) would later end up in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), which was a film-noir spoof/homage of Chinatown.

    The interesting thing about the trilogy concept is that they focused on the three things that were instrumental in making Los Angeles grow the way that it did, which is via the control of water, real estate, and transportation.


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