I know I sound like a paranoid schizophrenic here, but watching Chinatown in class made me think of its director Roman Polanski, and his awful association with the Manson family murders. Polanski's wife Susan Tate and her friends were brutally murdered in their home while Polanski was away on business. Tate was not herself targeted specifically nor was the target Polanski himself, in fact there was really no reason, sense or provocation to the horrific crime. Chinatown was made 5 years after this murder. Frankly, this knowledge makes me question why the movies wasn't MORE fatalistic and noir.
I just read a long recounting of the murders www.crimelibrary.com/serial_killers/
Anyway, I know I have digressed on the blog but I was watching the sound of music with the roomies while reading about the manson murders and needed an outlet ( I didn't want to spoil the fairy tale-haha!)