On ‘Chinatown,’ and engaging with problematic figures in the modern era — Ultimate Movie Year

Jack Nicholson’s investigation leads him down the rabbit hole in 1974’s “Chinatown.” (Paramount Pictures/MovieStillsDB.com)

The perversion of power and abuse in “Chinatown” — and how it’s eventually resolved — is one of the film’s shocks that stays with us long after the final line is uttered.