the whole film is shot from the point of view of philip marlow which is supposed to draw the audience in an make us a part of the action/mystery. i suppose it was novel for the time (though dark passage also did it and came out the same year), but it’s not a good enough technique to base an entire film around it. i mostly slept through this one and can’t honestly say i liked much about it. when acting opposite a camera most of the actors look as though they’re acting too much. i really think that having someone else to play against helps an actor and this film proves that as much as anything else. one mildly interesting note is that the lead actor is also the director and it’s probably the only time in film that the lead actor and director were both “behind the camera.” .