The private eye film. I absolutely love crime fiction and crime films. This one's a real gem of not only the 70s but of all time. Gould's portrayal of Chandler's Phillip Marlowe as chain-smoking, mumbling, and to-the-point is classic.
I love the soft photography of the film. Los Angeles was certainly growing during this period. The shots of Gould standing near the shoreline of the beach, as a reflection in the glass are beautiful. Really indicative of the whole tone of the film--here's a loner and an outsider just reaching in to life in the big city. While it grows and changes, the city's culture grows and changes. Marlowe stays the same, but in the end, he's a little wiser for the better.