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The Lady In The Lake

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The subjective cinema has not been popular since the film The Lady in the Lake (1946) was produced. The subjective cinema has the status of a curiosity rather than of a major contribution to screen practice (McFarlane 1996: 16). The most used ways to shown a first-person narrator in the subjective cinema is the usage of point-of-view shot or succession shots. An example of this can be found in film version of Rebecca West’s novella The Return of the Soldier (1982). The first-person narrator of the original work is transferred to the movie as point-of-view shots. Although this “preponderance” of point-of-view shots is “by no mean equivalent to the continuing shaping, analysing, directing consciousness of a first-person narrator” (McFarlane 1996: 16), it is one of the elements. In movies it is possible to adjust the point of view from which an event of object is seen. However, it is…show more content…
Voice-over, as Chatman (1999) describes it, comes neither from a visible object or person nor from off-frame. The source of the sound/voice is absent. Voice-over plays an important role in cinema, as some films, like Woody Allen’s Radio Days (1987) may be incomprehensible without it. In Hollywood production, voice-over is very common and often used at the beginning of films. However, in some films voice-over is used throughout. Chatman notes John Ford’s adaptation of Richard Lewellyn’s novel How Green Was My Valley (1941) as an example of such usage. The movie is narrated by Huw. As a character he is a young boy, but as a narrator he is an old man. The “sustained” voice-over keeps the feeling of nostalgia in the audience’s mind. McFarlane emphasises an importance of voice-over in films as “[w]ords spoken in voice-over accompany images which necessarily take on an objective life of their own. One no longer has the sense of everything’s being filtered through the consciousness of the protagonist-speaker” (1996:
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