Using the first-person technique doesn't make a film special if you don't know how to utilize it properly, and that's what happened here. If anything, the point of view reduces the quality of the film by showcasing a series of static and stiff scenes with people talking towards the camera. The endless possibilities aren't taken advantage of, making this the most boring Chandler adaptation with the worst Marlowe.
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
It's interesting how the POV shots give it a suspenseful atmosphere and let us experience the story in the eyes of Marlowe, but at the same time turns this into a kind of video game, specially with Montgomery saying "Can you find the answer for yourself?" in the beginning. Interesting experiment at the time it was made, though. And I should mention: Nobody could deliver a Marlowe worse than Montgomery did!
o experimento 'noir' de montgomery, filmar uma história sob a perspectiva do protagonista (câmera subjetiva), vale como desafio ao modelo onsiciente dominante na narrativa audiovisual. faz pensar também sobre o que está por vir com a interatividade prevista para a tv digital, quando o espectador será tão ativo, chamado a atuar, quanto o espectador de 'a dama do lago'.
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?
"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.