My absolute favorite film. Though it draws on the dialog and plot themes of film noir of the 40s thru the 60s, it’s still the one film I’ve seen that can’t be topped for dialog – Robert Towne did an amazing job with the script, the dialog just flows & never loses it’s ability to get past you for a split second before you realize how great it is. A gushing opinion, on my part? You bet! But if you want an example, just listen to the scene where Gittes meets Evelyn Mulwray in the restaurant & drops the line about “the wind from a duck’s ass” & you’ll see what I mean.