I love this film. The characterization is sharp, & that of the main characters has depth. Visually it has a consistent urban & to me beautiful syle. It has a strong main storyline, with cleverly interwoven & consistent sub plots. Overall it is a film that plays with images of appearance & reality as the structure of the film. Taken as a whole it can be read as a metaphor for 50's California/America, or indeed of contempory America. This is a great film of any era and certainly of the last 10 years.