Chinatown (1974)

Faye Dunaway starred in some of the most influential independent films of the 1960s and 1970s while helping redefine audience expectations for lead actresses.
Independent: A Faye Dunaway Retrospective
Saturday, January 15, 2011
1:30pm @ Central Library

Chinatown: Dunaway is the mysterious woman who propels the protagonist into action. When PI Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) takes on a standard adultery investigation, he finds an elaborate civic corruption scandal built upon a decades old family secret. Directed by Roman Polanski. Rated R. (130 min.)

Independent: A Faye Dunaway Retrospective Film Series

Faye Dunaway starred in some of the most influential independent films of the 1960s and 1970s while helping redefine audience expectations for lead actresses. Her screen presence often dominated leading men like Warren Beatty and even Steve McQueen, clearing a path for a generation of actresses to carry their own films.

Bonnie and Clyde (1967) on January 8. Dunaway and Warren Beatty star as the titular duo in a film that helped redefine Hollywood. Amid the Great Depression, two reckless bank robbers become minor celebrities as the press and the public become infatuated with their skill and daring. Directed by Arthur Penn. Rated R. (112 min.)

Chinatown (1974) on January 15. Dunaway is the mysterious woman who propels the protagonist into action. When PI Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) takes on a standard adultery investigation, he finds an elaborate civic corruption scandal built upon a decades old family secret. Directed by Roman Polanski. Rated R. (130 min.)

Network (1976) on January 22. Her portrayal of a broadcasting executive charged with increasing ratings for a flagging news operation won Dunaway an Oscar for Best Actress. Co-starring fellow Oscar winner Peter Finch as suicidal news anchor Howard Beale. Directed by Sidney Lumet. With William Holden, Beatrice Straight, and Robert Duvall. Rated R. (121 min.)

The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978) on January 29. This paranormal thriller stars Dunaway as a fashion photographer who experiences psychic flashes from the perspective of a serial killer. With Tommy Lee Jones and Raul Julia. Rated R. (104 min.)