Fifth about The Seventh

Lady in the Lake

Lady in the LakeLady in the Lake: Robert Montgomery’s film is marred by its stylistic choice of telling it in first person. The choice (as well as the Steve Fisher’s screenplay) limits the amount of information (there is a smorgasbord of plot holes and important facts missing), which given the complex nature of the plot is problematic; furthermore, it’s hard to connect with a main character that is not, for the most part, seen. Acting is unpleasantly over-the-top, particularly by Audrey Totter and Jayne Meadows. Blocking is severely hindered by the need to have the actors address the camera, and since most scenes are dialogue-heavy (and the dialogue itself, stiff), the film is rather uninteresting visually and the pace drags.

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