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5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, suspenseful writing
If you like the film, and you write a bit, you'll love this. I like having the small 'pocket-size' screenplays around to remind you how it's done. Better than a hundred-page print-out from some script you found on the net. If you haven't seen the film, read this first, and then watch Nicholson's masterful performance, especially the nose/knife thing...
Published on 26 Aug 2007 by Brian Levine

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1.0 out of 5 stars Superb script. Appalling formating
Robert Towne's script for Chinatown is one of the best screenplays ever writen and as such it is very sad indeed that Faber have done such a poor job of keeping the proper format of the script.

Many of the actions and the scene descriptions have in error been formatted as scene headings making reading the screenplay in this edition much of a guessing game.
Published on 20 Jan 2008 by Simon Lund Larsen


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Superb script. Appalling formating, 20 Jan 2008
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This review is from: Chinatown: Screenplay (FF Classics) (Paperback)
Robert Towne's script for Chinatown is one of the best screenplays ever writen and as such it is very sad indeed that Faber have done such a poor job of keeping the proper format of the script.

Many of the actions and the scene descriptions have in error been formatted as scene headings making reading the screenplay in this edition much of a guessing game.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever, suspenseful writing, 26 Aug 2007
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This review is from: Chinatown: Screenplay (FF Classics) (Paperback)
If you like the film, and you write a bit, you'll love this. I like having the small 'pocket-size' screenplays around to remind you how it's done. Better than a hundred-page print-out from some script you found on the net. If you haven't seen the film, read this first, and then watch Nicholson's masterful performance, especially the nose/knife thing...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Read, 28 Jan 2013
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If you're into screenplays, this is one of the best. A gripping tale, committed to page in a lean, unflowery style. A masterclass in plot, character and imagery. A real gem.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of cinema's best written screenplays, 1 Nov 2011
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This taut and masterful screenplay is exactly how films should be written. It is tense and unfolds perfectly. Towne's ear for dialogue and his way of unravelling the story is exemplary.

His original script was 180 pages, so I would have liked to see some reference to the expurgated material, but otherwise this is superb.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Chinatown & The Last Detail, 11 Dec 2011
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Chinatown is quite simply one of the finest screenplays ever written. Budding screenplay writers should read and learn from one of the true masters.
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