All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
How would you react if the last person you were with was declared dead, victim of a murder? Most people would probably be shocked, but Bogart's Dixon Steele, an emotionless Hollywood screenwriter, is different; he doesn't even react, as if he was already expecting it. Maybe he's not even guilty, but the fact that he isn't shocked by the news makes him the prime suspect, as if it was a crime to show a complete apathy towards everything that surrounds you. Dix is one of the most fascinating characters I've ever seen, he's indecipherable and we never know what he's thinking, but there's a bizarre humanism behind his emotionless facial expressions and violent nature that makes us care about him,…
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'm really kicking myself now for not getting into Nicholas Ray earlier. After seeing Rebel Without a Cause a few years back during my James Dean fad, I stumbled upon Bigger than Life last week and loved it, so my next stop was In a Lonely Place, which was supposed to be his most underrated. In a Lonely Place's story seems to be quite conventional yet it is constantly humming with complex emotion. Humphrey Bogart certainly reached the acme of his craft here. Dixon Steele is a very flawed man who, although seemingly distant and aloof, is achingly lonely. His hamartia being his fiery and erratic temper. Bogart's portrayal is incredibly rich and he is able to elicit some gut-wrenching…
Essa aura hollywoodiana das antigas, a presença de Humphrey Bogart e esse final romântico que consolida a impossibilidade do amor com frases marcantes lembra em muito "Casablanca" e não chega a dever tanto assim para o megaclássico.
I love how this film plays with genre. At times a noir, a romance, a melodrama, and even a message picture, it is, in the end, a character portrait of a very damaged man and the woman who loves him yet would be wise to leave him. Bogart gives the performance of his career, and Grahame is great as well. There's also a bit of Hollywood satire and post-war trauma for historical interest.
One of R.E.'s "Great Films".
Fascinating, compelling film.
The friend (both a greater aficionado of classical film—generally—and film noir—specifically) who introduced me to this film also clued me in to a bit of a debate (even controversy) surrounding it. The central dispute seems to come down to whose “side” you’re on—that of Bogart’s character, Dix, or his new love interest, Laurel Gray (Gloria Grahame). On the one hand, you could certainly make the argument that while Dix is not a likeable character—is even a “bad” guy—he’s not truly “bad” until the end. And he only snaps after EVERYONE—his friends, the police, Laurel—doubt him, even fears him. I tend to agree with that argument. There’s this perception element in all relationships. We are who we are…
An outstanding psychological thriller. Every part of the movie is a beautiful setup for a brilliant ending.
This movie was nuts. Bogart is ridiculous.
that one time when that guy almost choked his wife to death because he was so turned on by Bogarts psychopathic recounting of murder. What a bunch of nut balls!
That one time when Bogart still thinks he’s a normal human being after almost bashing some guys head in with a rock. Total goof troop!
nothing makes sense.
would have given it six stars if possible
I've been trying to think of what to say about this and I don't know. It's really good and features a great performance by Humphrey Bogart. He's not your typical protagonist. Despite being the star of the film I don't know if you could call him the protagonist - we're not made to feel a lot of sympathy for him anyway. He's self involved, aggressive, and violent. Bogart plays it pretty damn well and is charismatic enough to see why Gloria Grahame's Laurel would find herself interested in him. He has an interesting face, according to her.
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