Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
In a Lonely Place
The Bogart suspense picture with the surprise finish -
Dixon 'Dix' Steele, a down-on-his-luck screenwriter needs to adapt a trashy novel. At a night club, the hat-check girl, Mildred Atkinson is engrossed reading it. Too tired to read the novel, he asks Mildred to go home with him, to explain the plot. Later that night, Mildred is murdered and Steele is a prime suspect, his record of violence when angry goes against him.
"I was born when she kissed me, I died when she left me, I lived a few weeks while she loved me."
of course, but so many other immortal lines here. one of the rawest films the studio system ever produced.
Scenes from a Noir Marriage
or as Netflix might categorize it: "existential romance"
this is what we talk about when we talk about Bogart.
poor Ray & Grahame... i thought those crazy kids were gonna make it.
I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.
It's not Nicholas Ray's most famous film, but it's his best. He directed it from a great script by Andrew Solt which is a loose adaptation of the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes and it features Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame at their very best. Ray directed it while going through personal problems of his own and ended up creating a dark masterpiece.
Bogart purchased the story to produce through his own company, Santana Productions. As the main character, Dixon Steele, is a screenwriter, I can't help but think this was one of the reasons that…
5 Reasons why this film is a masterpiece:
1. It's the best film Nick Ray ever made; a noir-tinged drama rendered in dark visuals of exhilarating beauty.
2. It showcases probably the greatest performance of Bogie's career as the short-fused screenwriter Dix Steele, a character he imbues with a neurotic edge that is frightening in its intensity.
3. This dialogue: 'I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me'.
4. Gloria Grahame is in it.
5. It just 'is', OK?!
What an absolutely fantastic film. It is part love story, film-noir and dark satire of the Hollywood system.
Bogart is at his best here as Dixon Steele, a complex unsentimental screenwriter who is as charming and witty as he is cold, methodical and cynical. When he is reminded that he hasn't written a good script in years he delivers a scathing condemnation of Hollywood as relevant today as it was in the late 40s. Hollywood doesn't want good scripts; it has been remaking the same bad film for years because that is what sells popcorn.
Dixon is known to be quick-tempered and violent, which makes him the prime suspect in a major crime. His beautiful neighbour Laurel Gray (Gloria Grahame…
I love movies about writers.
I love Humphrey Bogart.
I love romance.
I love murder mysteries.
Therefore, I have nothing but love for this film.
In a Lonely Place is a very well-done crime drama about a troubled screenwriter named Dix Steele who is implicated in the murder of Mildred, a woman he invited to his home on the night of her murder. Dix is a dick (sorry, I couldn't resist) to Mildred, but it doesn't stop you from mentally defending him against the investigator's accusations. He meets his neighbor Laurel Gray for the first time during the ordeal, an aspiring actress who falls for Dix immediately. As the investigation continues and her relationship with Dix becomes increasingly problematic, she desperately tries to disentangle herself. Highly recommended for fans of Bogey's brand of film noir.
A surprisingly complete film noir masterfully crafted by Nicholas Ray with a dark, psychologically polluted atmosphere that creates a constant state of suspense. Hollywood screenwriter Dix Steele is a suspect in the brutal of a young girl. When questioned he provides a solid alibi, but his detached, almost amused reaction leaves Captain Lochner deeply distressed. Humphrey Bogart plays mysterious, emotionally unstable antagonistic characters like no other. One moment he is sucking you in with his slick likability, the next moment he is giving you an chill with his cold demeanor or surges of abrupt violence. The plot simply follows Dix as he starts a love affair with his aspiring actress neighbor Laurel Gray, begins writing a new script, and tries…
A noir film that moves from the city into the home, and uncovers the ugliness of domesticity. What's most terrifying about this film is that I feel sympathy towards Bogart; he's got a problem that would not be taken seriously until the early '70s.
"It was his story against mine, but of course, I told my story better."
Snarky curmudgeon Bogey tells the horrific story of strangling Mildred in the car, a streak of light shining across his darkened face. This simple scene presents storytelling in its most primitive form, told from a dining room chair. Even though we are confident the story is a fabrication, we are as frightfully enthralled as the on-screen audience of two. Ray allows Bogart to rule this scene, and the results are mesmerizing. Few crime films, in their entire running time, produce such raw suspense.
Smooth, seductive Bogey lights a cigarette, smiles, and hands it to Laurel. He lights his own and breathes a cloud of smoke from…
In a Lonely Place is a psychological thriller/film-noir directed by Nicholas Ray and starring Humphrey Bogart that is also a mystery film and one in which the mystery itself is a bit tricky, something that made it somewhat anti-climactic when it was heading to the end. Nevertheless, this is a beautifully made cinematic work that, without being a comedy, can get to be very funny and in it solid entertainment was guaranteed until the very end. This was an expertly shot and solidly written picture that had some wonderful moments full of tension and wit.
It tells the story of a successful Hollywood screenwriter, famous for his problems dealing with anger and for his violent temper, that sees himself implicated…
I can certainly understand why so many cinephiles have affection for this domesticity noir - and there are so many well articulated reasons out there; but even adjusting for the period, I was left a bit undermenaced by the purported scenes of violence and a bit underwhelmed by the purported level of Hollywood satire.
I always knew Nicholas Ray was good, but it's becoming more and more apparent that he may have been one of the greats of his era. This noir melodrama crackles with confidence and cruel humor, yet feels so achingly romantic. Bogart had so many good ones, man.
This film-noir directed by Nicholas Ray starring Humphrey Bogart as screenwriter Dixon Steele, and Gloria Grahame as Laurel Gray. Bogart gives me chills through his character of Dixon Steele, and I kind of got blown away, with his ending performance.
In A Lonely Place, occupies same attention toward Hollywood-cinema, such as other masterpieces released same year, Billy Wilder's Sunset Blvd. as well as Joseph Mankiewicz's All About Eve.
Pure focus over Bogart's questionable personality, and myth is so masterfully done, at some place; we happen to believe the mystery to be true, and at some, we just happen to fall in love with Bogart's temper. Bogart's performance should be counted amongst finest, from his critically acclaimed movies.
Bogart brings echo, exactly from the Casablanca character. One of finest pictures of Bogart. Cinematography has been artistically done, by Burnett Guffrey.
Considered by critics to be one of the greatest film-noirs of all time, Nicholas Ray's In A Lonely Place is a certainly well made, well acted and well told gritty film-noir. However, there seems to be something missing in the film that prevents it from appearing towards the top of its respected genre. Humphrey Bogart is fine, in controversially to speak, one of his slightly less appealing roles, but the film is at times too slow and ultimately, even for such a short duration, slightly overlong. It fails to be both original and captivating, like Night of the Hunter and Sunset Blvd and is ultimately, a fine but recycled premise for a film-noir.
Oh its rlly good, believe dat playa
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