It also leads the audience to believe that Jake is definitely on his way to success. Polanski uses oblique camera angles and their disruptive balance of frames and scenes near the beginning of the film when he uses different camera shots to pull back and slowly reveal new information to us.
It is disorienting to us at the beginning because we are not really sure what we are seeing.
The mood of the film is typical of that of a detective story, and the gradual discovery of clues completes the film's mysterious atmosphere.
Though the detective myth is at first followed, Director Roman Polanski quickly deviates from the typical story line.
Cross is compelled to drown Mulwray and other guiltless citizens who will not be corrupted by evil.
Polanski uses the thematic device of the anti-hero protagonist who is basically a good guy but who sometimes makes questionable decisions.
The story takes place in Los Angeles, California during the 1930's.
Gittes" As a classic detective movie, Chinatown involves a "hard-boiled" setting and a private investigator.
When Jake worked in Chinatown, Jake was advised to do “as little as possible” because in Chinatown you couldn't really make much progress.
The viewer sees a private eye and beautiful client.