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The camera shows Phillip Marlowe's view from the first-person in this adaptation of Raymond Chandler's book. The detective is hired to find a publisher's wife, who is supposed to have run off to Mexico. But the case soon becomes much more complicated as people are murdered. Written by
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In New York, the cynical private detective Phillip Marlowe (Robert Montgomery) is summoned by the editor of the Kingsby Publications Adrienne Fromsett (Audrey Totter) that seems to be interested in a book he has written. Fromsett convinces her boss Derace Kingsby (Leon Ames) to pay a little fortune for Marlowe's book since she wants to hire Marlowe to find the missing wife of her boss named Chrystal. Fromsett is a gold-digger and expects the divorce of Kingsley to catch him.
Marlowe follows the only lead he has and visits the crook Chris Lavery (Dick Simmons) at home in Bay City. However Lavery hits him and simulates that Marlowe was DUI. He is arrested by the brutal Lieutenat DeGarmot (Lloyd Nolan), but on the next morning he is released from the jail by Captain Kane (Tom Tully). On the Christmas Eve, Marlowe goes to Kingsley's house by the lake to seek out his wife but he finds that she is still missing and a woman named Mildred Havelend (Jayne Meadows) has died in the lake. Marlowe visits Lavery again and meets his landlord, Mrs. Falbrook; then he finds Lavery murdered in the bathtub. Now Marlowe suspects of Chrystal, Fromsett and Kingsby. Who might be the killer?
"Lady in the Lake" is an original and unique film-noir. The camera is actually the eyes of the lead character, Phillip Marlowe, in an experimental and revolutionary style. The viewer occasionally sees Marlowe, usually when he looks at a mirror. Therefore, the camera work is magnificent, and sometimes it is difficult to guess where it is located. For example, when Marlowe is driving, where might be the camera positioned? In addition, "Lady in the Lake" is a movie without soundtrack. My vote is eight.
Title (Brazil): "A Dama do Lago" ("The Lady of the Lake")
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