On Saturday, I organized a showing of Chinatown, the Roman Polanski movie from 1974. I’m trying to get people interested in forming a local film club as there is precious little worth going to see at the movies here.

Film Noir has been a favorite of mine for as long as I can remember, since I first read the books of Dashiell Hammett and, especially, Raymond Chandler. I remember going to see the movie in England when it first came out. I didn’t like the ending. I think I was just too young (25ish). Now I understand that it was the only ending possible.

Polanski’s homage may actually be the best film ever made in the genre.

From the late 60s and through the 70s, Hollywood made a slew of great movies, many of which remain among my all-time favorites.