Re: RARA-AVIS: Narration

William Denton (
Wed, 28 Jan 1998 01:40:57 -0500 (EST) On Tue, 27 Jan 1998, joseph wrote:

: It is interesting that when movies have adapted first person
: narration stories, especially detective fiction, when the movie uses
: first person they tend to have the narrator talk to someone or
: something.

A stranger example is Robert Montgomery's version of _The Lady in the
Lake_, which is *shot* in the first person: we only see Marlowe
(Montgomery) when he looks in a mirror, and when Audrey Totter slaps
him, she slaps the side of the camera. I haven't seen it in years,
but I remember it as being good. (And I notice the IMDB treats Ellay
Mort as a real person.)

: Radio detective shows on the other hand thrived on first person. And
: these shows did it in a present tense I am talking the audience as
: it happens. Which could be funny if one thinks about it. Walking
: down the street shouting narration like a mad man.

Have you ever heard the Firesign Theatre's Nick Danger sketches?
They're take-offs of old detective radio shows, and make all kinds of
fun of narration, as well as special effects and just about everything


William Denton | Toronto, Canada | | Caveat lector.
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