It’s getting colder. Misty…darker…the best time to watch old classics.
And there is nothing better on a cold dark evening like ‘Chinatown’…I mean ‘forget it Jake…It’s Chinatown.’
It’s a classic film noir film with the crispness of an early Polanski’s work. It’s beautifully shot and if you ever talked to anyone who worked with Polanski or read his book, you know why – he’s a bit of a control freak when it comes to framing his vision. It has to be exactly like he wanted and imagined to be. It might be frustrating for a cinematographer but after all, a good cinematographer knows how to leave their mark on someone’s vision in a subtle way…
Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway have never looked better. The way Dunaway’s face is lit makes her look almost ethereal. In his book ‘Roman’ Polanski mentioned that in one of the scenes Dunaways face was lit but there was one hair sticking out and catching the light, which to him was too distracting. They asked a hairdresser to do something about it, they tried to flattened the hair but it was still sticking out. Polanski distracted Dunaway, came closer from behind and puled the hair out. She was not amused.
It’s not just a good film, directed well, acted well and beautifully shot. It’s an icon.
Not to mention an amazing source of great lines like: ‘You’ve got a nasty reputation, Mr. Gittes. I like that.’Q.Are you alone? A.Isn’t everybody?’ And my favorite scene many times reenacted with my sister: ‘She’s my sister! My daughter!My sister!My daughter!’.
So, on a cold evening wrap yourself in a blanket and watch Chinatown with simple, easy stir fry. You will never look back.
Easy Stir Fry:
1 carrot, cut into matchsticks
1 courgette cut into matchsticks
1 yellow pepper cut into matchsticks
230 marinated tofu
2cm grated ginger
1 small chilli, deseeded and sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1 tbsp rice vinegar
2 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
2 cups cooked rice
1. Heat oil in a heavy skillet. Add ginger, chilli and garlic, fry for a few minutes. Add carrots, pepper and courgette and fry till they are softened. Add spinach and cook it until soft.
2. In the meantime cook rice.
3. Add tofu, vinegar and sesame seeds to your skillet. Mix everything together. Serve with rice and egg (optional).