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A woman identifying herself as Evelyn Mulwray (Ladd) hires private investigator J.J. "Jake" Gittes (Nicholson) to perform surveillance on her husband Hollis I. Mulwray (Zwerling), the chief engineer for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. Gittes tails him, hears him publicly oppose the...
I remember my teacher telling me how good this movie was and how well crafted it was. I do not deny that at times it is clever, but at other times I wonder what is the point. The reason for the title is so muted and told through dialogue and one scene that I do not much care for the way the director tells his themes or motifs.
Also, I got a little bored so when it came to figuring out the plot, I don't know how everything connected. First it's an affair then it's water then it's family issues. I enjoy "detective" type movies at times, but this was not my cup of tea.
Though, it is a classic now, and the acting is well done.
I appreciate this movie, though I would not necessarily want to watch it again. The scenes were entertaining at times, and his methods of work was clever.