Noir in the First Person

Whether it’s Blair Witch or Cloverfield or even the only good sequence of the Doom movie, whenever filmmaking attempts to tell its story in the first person it is heralded and ‘new’ or ‘revolutionary’. Well, feast your eyes upon the trailer for the 1946 Philip Marlowe movie Lady in the Lake:

While Robert Montgomery may be credited as the lead (and director), thanks to clever camera work Lady in the Lake successfully fulfills its promise of putting you in the staring role as the legendary detective. The occasional mirror gag only deepens the impact of just how successfully this film pulls off its unique style.

…And the movie ain’t half bad, either! Lady in the Lake features a delightfully abrasive Marlowe in a twisted murder mystery set against the Christmas holiday. I could not find this movie streaming online anywhere, but it has been released on DVD and occasionally pops up on the Tunner Classics Movies cable channel.

2 comments :

  1. DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE RYTE2BYTE NETWORK. LOOKING AT LIFE 1ST PERSON THROUGH THAT GUY'S PERSPECTIVE IS UNIQUE. IT DOESN'T GO BACK AS FAR AS 1946, BUT THE 24/7/356 COVERAGE MAKES UP FOR IT.

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