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Chinatown

Michael Eaton

Michael Eaton is a screenwriter and playwright. His screen credits include Fellow Traveller, Shoot to Kill, Signs and Wonders and Shipman. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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British Film Institute, 1997

Focused Study

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...This study analyzes ‘Chinatown’ in the context of the figure of the detective in literature and film from Sophocles to Edgar Allan Poe and Alfred Hitchcock. In the account of ‘Chinatown’’s narrative development Michael Eaton seeks to uncover both its relationship to the pessimism of American cinema in the 1970s and its veritably mythical structure....