The Big Goodbye: Chinatown and the Last Years of Hollywood
Sam Wasson (2020)
Chinatown is the holy grail of 1970s cinema. Its twist ending is the most notorious in American film, and its closing line of dialogue the most haunting. Here for the first time is the incredible true story of its making. In Sam Wasson's telling, it becomes the defining story of the most colorful characters in the most colorful period of Hollywood history. Looming over the story of this classic movie is the imminent eclipse of the '70s filmmaker-friendly studios as they gave way to the corporate Hollywood we know today. In telling that larger story, this book will take its place alongside classics like Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and The Devil's Candy as one of the great movie-world books ever written.
Published by Flatiron Books
Hardcover / 397 pgs