Lady in the Lake

Lady in the Lake

DVD - 2006
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Detective Marlow sets out to find the missing wife of a publishing magnate. Several smack-arounds, one dead gigolo, a few angry cops, a booze-soaked frame-up and one dame in the lake later, Marlowe finds the killer and finds he's looking at the business end of a gun. -- container.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Turner Entertainment Co. ; distributed by Warner Home Video, c2006.
Edition: Standard version
ISBN: 9781419826566
1419826565
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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roystreet
May 14, 2014

What a waste! The subjective point of view dissipates whatever interest and suspense the viewer feels by making us watch the (non) reaction shots while Montgomery speaks.

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johnnybookreader
Jan 08, 2014

I liked this one, for me an unknown until recently Raymond Chandler adaptation, released and overshadowed by the Howard Hawks & Humphrey Bogart "The Big Sleep". Initially, I thought I would have BIG problems with the "first person POV" camera work, for the same reason I dislike "first person shooters" in video games or sitting with my back to the open restaurant; I want to know what's going on around me! However as the story unfolded I got used to the surroundings and enjoyed the ride. Action is largely centered in "Bay City", Chandler's alias for Santa Monica, Ca, and follows the book fairly faithfully. They certainly have the cops down right: a bunch of petty pissant peacocks, pushing their ponderous personages, cowing citizens and bullying those who threaten their self-image. Oh well, must go back for more alliteration classes. Look out for the receptionist, actually you'll only miss her if you're blind.

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rudyone
Dec 16, 2013

If this is suppose to be film noir, it totally missed the point, The subjective camera gimmick makes the viewer aware of the camera and takes you out of experience. It's like living life by viewing it through an empty roll of toilet paper (and worth about as much). No stars!

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Monolith
Nov 22, 2012

I don't understand why this wasn't well received when it was first released. I absolutely loved it. The suspenseful first person camera perspective (same as "Dark Passage" w/Bogart & Bacall) was terrific. Robert Montgomery did a commendable job both directing and portraying Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe. I was really smitten with Audrey Totter, with those GLARING eyes. Jayne Meadows spoke so fast, it made my head spin. And receptionist Lila Leeds was a hot little 'dish', too. (lol) Impeccable film noir. FIVE STARS.

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Monolith
Nov 22, 2012

Adrienne Fromsett: "How'd you get in here without being announced?" Philip Marlowe: "I told that girl outside it was an emergency." Adrienne Fromsett: "You look like an emergency." Philip Marlowe: "Well, it's an old sickness. Reoccurring black eyes."

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Monolith
Nov 22, 2012

Adrienne Fromsett: "Tell me, Mr. Marlowe, do you always fall in love with all of your clients?" Philip Marlowe: "Only the ones in skirts."

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Monolith
Nov 22, 2012

Adrienne Fromsett: "...Quit wondering, Marlowe. Get out of it. Why work for Derry or anybody else... Get out of it. It's none of your affair -- stop getting involved in other peoples' murders... Why be a private detective at all?" Philip Marlowe: "Why eat? You only get hungry again."

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Monolith
Nov 22, 2012

Philip Marlowe: "You got the tickets?" Adrienne Fromsett: "Yes, to New York, one-way." Philip Marlowe: "You scared?" Adrienne Fromsett: "Yes. But it's wonderful." (smooch)

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