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Lady in the Lake Reviews

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½ October 23, 2016
Props for trying a new angle on film. It did appeal having that personal look at each character they interacted with.
January 3, 2016
Flawed but fascinating and ambitious film based on Raymond Chandler's book of the same name.
Director Robert Montgomery plays private dick Philip Marlowe mostly from behind the camera, making an interesting choice to film from Marlowe's perspective. His goal being to save money and to create something original. Whether he stumbled upon originality because of budgetary limitations is up for debate.
Its charm is aided by some acting that is at once awful but also perfect for its purpose.
A great piece of movie history.
½ December 24, 2015
Novel idea, reasonably well executed.

A private investigator, Phillip Marlowe (yes, THE Phillip Marlowe, of Raymond Chandler fame), is hired by the female editor of a magazine to find the missing wife of the owner of the magazine. His subsequent investigations unearth some intriguing findings, and make him some unlikely enemies... The whole movie is seen from the perspective of Phillip Marlowe.

Quite novel, due to the First Person Point-of-View aspect throughout. It feels gimmicky from time-to-time but generally does not weaken the movie or become tedious. At times it is great for heightening the tension, as you feel as if you are in Marlowe's shoes.

Intriguing, tense story with some good twists along the way.

Robert Montgomery is miscast as Marlowe. His lines feel forced and he doesn't have the look of a wisecracking private investigator. Was Humphrey Bogart not available? He gives a great Marlowe, wise-cracking and cool without sounding misogynistic or overly macho.

The fact that Montgomery is also the director might have something to do with him being in the lead role...

Supporting cast are okay. Audrey Trotter puts in a good performance as Adrienne Fromsett. Pick of the bunch is Lloyd Nolan as Lt. DeGarmot.
September 4, 2015
This film is perhaps one of the most radical ever to come out of hollywood and should be part of the core curriculum for any film school or course in screen studies. The film is shot entirely from the point of view of Phillip Marlow whose face we never see. Every character looks almost directly at the camera just to the right or left of centre, The effect is most unnerving and entirely in keeping with the exquisite Raymond Chandler dialogue. It appears to have been a B movie, the only way the director would have gotten away with it. It is very hard for actors to play to directly to a camera as the convention of almost all narrative cinema is a recreation of the stage "proscenium" where the audience forms a virtual fourth wall. As such I can only pronounce all the performances of even the miinor characters to be excellent. Wait for the scene where Phillip Marlowe is punched in the face, its literally a knockout!
June 24, 2015
I didn't like the way it started at all - Philip Marlowe talking to the viewer. Eck. And then, the whole movie is from Marlowe's point of view! Double eck. Save your time, and just read the book!
½ January 28, 2015
The camera work and perspective is unique, but the film is full of dialogue that is neither entertaining nor engaging. Save for some expressive looks and eyebrows of Audrey Totter who gives a great performance, this movie is thin on the noir or entertainment.
½ January 24, 2015
a fair to good film noir film with unusual photography where you dont see the face of Marlow very much
December 25, 2014
a different noir mysteryer
½ March 25, 2014
Interesting film-noir from the post war years. The first person viewpoint makes this a film worth seeing. The bait-&-switch routine near the end was a welcome gimmick.
January 20, 2014
I kinda enjoyed this despite its many, many flaws. The first person camera is annoying. Robert Montgomery isn't tough enough to play Marlowe. The femme fatales were a little too over-the-top. I haven't read the novel, but judging by the Chandler I have read I'm pretty sure they changed quite a bit. And yet I'd say Lady in the Lake is worth watching for any noir fans because of the unique filming style.
½ January 16, 2014
The camera's POV in this is not something I liked. You hardly ever see Robert Montgomery.
December 20, 2013
At times the gimmick of the film wears thin with a few dull dragging moments and a few missteps, but ultimately Lady in the Lake is an endlessly intriguing film noir classic with fantastic performances and a well-executed unique style.
½ July 24, 2013
This could have been a 5 star movie. The plot is full of twists and turns and the script is top notch. Robert Montgomery, however, does not make a believable Philip Marlowe and his direction also leaves a lot to be desired. It's almost as if Montgomery is reading the script and the audience seeing the story through Marlowe's eyes doesn't really work well here .Audrey Totter is good as Adrienne but this is not her finest hour either. Imagine if this movie had been made by an experienced director and Bogart, Mitchum or Dick Powell were Marlowe! Oh well, a girl can dream, can't she?
July 2, 2013
Bogart originated the Philip Marlowe role. No Boggie in this film, although the attempt was mad to mimic his voice. Filmed entirely from perspective of Marlowe. May have been creative at the time. Tired as the film progresses.
June 10, 2013
Montgomery is super miscast as Marlowe, but the movie (shot entirely from Marlowe's POV), while gimmicky, is pretty darn inventive for the 1940's.
April 6, 2013
Its a film noir told entirely through a subjective POV shot, the problem is that gimmick drains on the immediacy and spontaneity out of the story.
March 1, 2013
Un film noir ennuyant filmé entièrement en "first person". Eh oui, le film en entier se déroule comme si l'on était dans le corps du personnage. Le problème, c'est qu'en plus d'être agaçant, ça n'apporte rien au film. Je dirais même que ça le restreint dans son développement. Les acteurs sont peu naturels et semblent mal à l'aise face à cette gimmick. L'histoire est banale. Une curiosité sans plus.
½ February 25, 2013
YOU Share The Viewpoint of the Crankiest Marlowe in Cinema--Film noir with a unique twist!!
December 15, 2012
Gimmick detective film, with Raymond Chandler's Phillip Marlowe solving a murder with the audience looking through the eyes of Marlowe the entire film. While the point of view film style has some interesting moments (a surprise fist, a puff of smoke in a cops face, a flash of Montgomery in the mirror), but those moments are far outweighed by actors standing in place talking directly to the camera. It's a gimmick that had possibilities, but didn't quite come off right here. Raymond Chandler reportedly hated this film.
½ December 9, 2012
The movie is not strong enought to carry the gimmack
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