a genuinely adult film noir. there are so many beautiful little touches, moments and images that are sticking with me and i have a feeling i'll be watching this over to see them again. i loved that i could sense how much of himself bob montgomery put into this. i don't think the POV is too gimmicky; it actually seemed very natural and felt more so as time went on
This could have been a 5 star movie with it's exciting storyline full of twists and turns and a great script. Robert Montgomery, however, is disappointing as Marlowe and as the film's director. I kept imagining how good this could have been in the hands of an experienced director and with Bogart, Mitchum or Dick Powell as Marlowe. A girl can dream, can't she?
a flawed yet hypnotizing and captivating experiment, quite certainly worth watching. even though it's a solid 3/5, the film appeals to me as some sort of bizzaro classic that should be viewed by any fan of noir.
"Later, when I was around 23, I watched Lady In The Lake on mushrooms. It's a film shot entirely from the point of view of the main character and, under the effect of the psilocybin, I was transported into the TV and into Marlowe's head, even though the film was in black and white and subtitled." - Gaspar Noé
For as horrible of a Philip Marlowe that Robert Montgomery was and for as challenging as the 1st person POV gets, I fucking LOVE Lady in the Lake. Audrey Totter gets more gorgeous and hypnotizing with each scene she anchors. I also dug the long takes, especially when the body is discovered and the scene with the car wreck. The eerie choral score & opening titles went a long way, too. My idea of a Christmas movie.
Though the fist person point of view may be an annoying gimmick that slows down the plot, it's an interesting excercise with some sequences full of oppresive atmosphere and suspense, for instance when Marlowe discovers the body; also the car chase and the ending.
The subjective POV gimmick eventually grows a bit tired, and it does nothing from a narrative standpoint to re-shape the film noir genre because it was so focused on camera movement. Still an enjoyable film, with punchy enough dialog to keep me engaged.
POV is cool for a bit but becomes distracting. Montgomery blows as Marlowe, but Audrey Totter is great. Sucks she remains pretty much completely forgotten these days. Murder My Sweet remains the best Marlowe I have seen