Chinatown (USA 1974, Roman Polanski)
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"One moment that came immediately to mind for me is from Roman Polanski's Chinatown, after a quick getaway from the Mar Vista Retirement Home (involving gunfire at a fleeing white convertible Packard) that prefigures the ending of the movie. Chinatown is a film about eyes, about partial vision (and doors and windows through which one can never quite see the whole picture). [...] the passenger side of the car's windshield (the screen-left "eye") has been cracked by a gunshot. Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson), bearing his own wound on his nose, looks over at the driver, Mrs. Evelyn Mulwray (Faye Dunaway). The top is down, and she delicately brushes hair out of left her eye — the one that has a 'f- flaw... in the iris.... It's a sort of birthmark.' This eye imagery will culminate, horribly, in the final moments of the film. It's a small, evanescent moment, and I have no idea if it was intended or if it just happened, but I always get that frisson when I see it."
Jim Emerson (2006): The Cinephiliac Moment. Auf: RogerEbert.com.