Just a Thought: Chinatown and The Godfather

by Jordy Greenblatt

I was thinking about the movies Chinatown and The Godfather recently. Both are considered classics, but I have a lot more respect for Chinatown. Somehow, with Godfather, Coppola managed to make a movie about a gang war that’s pretty slow and a little boring. That’s kind of pathetic. But Chinatown is an exciting film noir thrill ride that constantly keeps you guessing but it’s about water rights and zoning issues. If Roman Polanski can make an interesting movie about that and Coppola can’t even make a gang war exciting, it’s pretty easy to tell who the better director is. Hopefully Coppola’s a better person, though.