Lady in the Lake | Chicago Reader

Lady in the Lake

Robert Montgomery's 1946 adaptation of Raymond Chandler's finest novel is a notoriously misguided experiment in subjective camera, with the camera standing in, literally, for detective Philip Marlowe, smoking cigarettes and punching hoods with mechanical insouciance. A complete failure, but an educational one. Orson Welles planned to make his first film this way—thank God he didn't, or we'd never have had Citizen Kane. 103 min.


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