Saturday, December 21, 2013
Audrey Totter (1917-2013)
Audrey Totter, Femme Fatale of ’40s Film Noir, Dies at 95. (The New York Times, 12/17/2013)
I am a camera. A year later she had a more prominent role in “Lady in the Lake,” [LINKcat availability] a murder mystery based on a Raymond Chandler novel. For most of the film the camera serves as the eyes of the main character, the private detective Philip Marlowe (played by Robert Montgomery, who also directed). Ms. Totter’s character, a conspiring publishing executive who hires Marlowe, often looks directly into the camera, sparring with the detective and by extension the viewer.
And, of course, she made an obligatory appearance on "Murder She Wrote".