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  • Writer's pictureMichael Field

Forgotten Cinema - The Two Jakes

Updated: Apr 5, 2020

Gittes is back!

"Forget it Mike, it's Forgotten Cinema."

That's right, you guessed it!  That cleverly edited famous film quote can only mean that this episode is going to focus on the Jack Nicholson film where he plays Jake Gittes.  No, not that Jack Nicholson film where he plays Jake Gittes, the other one. Never heard of it? Well, I guess you came to the right place!

The Mikes discuss the Jack Nicholson directed, Jack Nicholson vehicle, The Two Jakes; the sequel to the cinema classic, Chinatown, released in 1990. 

Field and Butler attempt to figure out why Nicholson plays Jake as a completely different character type. The Mikes also contemplate how splitting his concentration between acting and directing might have caused Nicholson to make some questionable style choices and if the film would have been better off without relying so much on connecting to Chinatown.

So grab your popcorn and soda, please notice the exits at the front and rear of the auditorium, and settle down for Forgotten Cinema

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