Jake J. Gittes

[© 2017]

Explain Dominant Color Explain Auxiliary Color

The Green in this spiritual portrait represents Jake's dominant trait, a preference for using logic to make decisions. In Extraverts, the dominant trait is directed outwardly, and spiritual portraits use a long vertical line to represent this, because it is the side of their personality that is most evident. Private Investigators demonstrate this trait when they use logic to piece together the clues they find to deduce 'who dunnit.'

The Yellow in this spiritual portrait represents Jake's auxiliary trait, a preference for seeing facts rather than ideas. In Extraverts, the auxiliary trait is directed inwardly, and spiritual portraits use a horizontal line to represent this. Private Investigators demonstrate this trait by their attention to detail when looking for clues.

PI in the Film Chinatown

There is some disagreement as to whether the film Chinatown is really film noir. As far as I'm concerned, like ....

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Jake J. Gittes:
The Story

There is some disagreement as to whether the film Chinatown is really film noir. As far as I'm concerned, like politicians, ugly buildings, and whores, it's lasted long enough to pass muster:

Noah Cross: 'Course I'm respectable. I'm old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.

A bit of staying power, some old cars, a PI who wears a fedora and can give us a few lines of snappy is good enough for me.

Jake Gittes: Mulvihill! What are you doing here?
Mulvihill: They shut my water off. What's it to you?
Jake Gittes: How'd you find out about it? You don't drink it; you don't take a bath in it... They wrote you a letter. But then you have to be able to read.

While the other PIs in this gallery are better known, I feel Jake fits in quite well here among them!

If you love Chinatown and want to see more noirish drama about Southern California's water supply, I recommend you check out Season 2 of True Detective.


About This Portrait

This portrait is based on the wonderful film Chinatown. I highly recommend this film to everyone!