Beyond 'Chinatown' – 100 years of the Los Angeles Aqueduct

This event took place on:
Friday, November 1, 7:30 - 9:30pm
Caterpillar tractor aqueduct

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Two Holt 45 gas crawling-type ("caterpillar") tractors team up to pull a long wagon train in the Mojave Desert during construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

KPCC celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Los Angeles Aqueduct with a screening of the 1974 classic "Chinatown," hosted by KPCC's Patt Morrison.

Chinatown Poster

The Oscar winning film — directed by Roman Polanski, starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway and written by Robert Towne — is the iconic dramatization of California's water wars. 

Based on real life characters, the neo-noir film has been a cultural touchstone for decades and is a must-see for students of Southern California’s history.

After a week of special KPCC coverage focusing on the impact of the aqueduct and the future of our water supply, we’ll dim the lights and screen the entire film at the Crawford Family Forum.



(Photo Credit: Vince Bucci/Getty Images)

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