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SUMMER COLDS ARE THE WORST IN CHINATOWN

Picture 4PROJECT: Chinatown YEAR: 1974 DIRECTOR: Roman Polanski TALENT IN SCENE: Jack Nicholson as Jack Gittes and Perry Lopez as Escobar SETUP: Jack Nicholson’s resilient gumshoe Jack Gittes is finding out about a body that literally washed up… He faked his way onto the crime scene taking place at the Los Angeles reservoir where he meets up with classy chief lawman Escobar, played by Perry Lopez. DIALOGUE: Gittes: “Lou, how are ya?” Escobar: “Lousy cold I can’t seem to shake, but otherwise,” stretches neck, “I’m okay.” Gittes: “Yeah,” pulls out cigarette. “Summer colds are the worst.” Escobar: “Yeah,Picture 3 they are.” IMPORTANCE: We get to know there is a backstory to these two seemingly contrary characters by this subtle banter, which is awkward but comfortable, like a worn shoe. And we realize that Escobar was once probably… not so by-the-book being he was Jack’s partner working in, of all places, Chinatown: We’re told this when the uniformed cop tells Jack not to smoke, and Escobar unveils the exposition. Also, in the next scene, the overweight coroner seems to have the same cold, not being able to shake “this darn cough.” Followed by Jack getting his nose cut at the same location, only at night (by a goon played by Roman Polanski): His nose bandaged for most of the film thereafter. CLOSURE: Perry Lopez was in the biz as far back as the 1950’s, appearing in B-crime-movies, a sort of poor man’s Ricardo Montalban. And he turned up once again as Escobar in the sequel, directed by Nicholson, titled The Two Jakes.

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