Faye Dunaway received her second Oscar nomination for playing Evelyn Mulwray in Chinatown.
Chinatown is a masterpiece of American cinema, there is really no way getting around it. I remember when I first saw Chinatown, I was endlessly fascinated at how Polanski was able to create such an all around incredible movie. The script is one of the finest screen has seen, the direction is smooth and intelligent, and of course the acting is impeccable, especially by Jack Nicholson who couldn't be more incredible here. The story is deep, but it mostly follows private detective Jake Gittes and his attempt to solve an adultery case that later turns to a murder investigation.
She haunts, and she sure knows how to do it wonderfully. When she speaks the lines, she does it in a clear, crisp way that leaves me a little breathless. I bought into Evelyn's act, just as Gittes did, and it's all because of how great Dunaway keeps the audience guessing throughout the entire movie. She is terrific in Chinatown, always giving it her all. It is an amazing performance that fits perfectly within the movie.