Updated: Sun, 18 Aug 2013 10:30:00 GMT | By Maureen O'Hare
Roman Polanski: Life in pictures

Chinatown (1974)

Chinatown 1974 (© Rex-Everett Collection)
  • Roman Polanski (© REX-David Fisher)
  • The Krakow ghetto, 1941 (© AP)
  • Repulsion 1965 (© SNAP-Rex Features)
  • Rosemary's Baby 1968 (© SNAP-Rex Features)
  • Charles Manson; Sharon Tate (© AP; Everett Collection-Rex Features)
  • Chinatown 1974 (© Rex-Everett Collection)
  • Samantha Geimer (© Neal Preston-Corbis main picture ; AP inset)
  • Roman Polanski's chalet in the Swiss mountain resort of Gstaad, pictured in 2010 (© REUTERS-Denis Balibouse)
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In 1974, Polanski directed what is arguably his finest film: Chinatown, a multi-layered neo-noir masterpiece starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway. The film secured eleven Academy Award nominations, and Robert Towne won Best Original Screenplay. The film is widely regarded as having one of Hollywood's greatest ever scripts, but it is Polanski himself who decided upon the movie's famously downbeat ending.