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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.
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?!
"Yesterday, this would've meant so much to us. Now it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter at all."
Bogart's wry charm is transformed into something much more toxic here, a supposed carelessness born from such deep-rooted insecurity that his character's toxic, repressed rage almost becomes a character in and of itself. This performance is somehow matched by Grahame's, who's expert navigation of the film's central arc turns what in anyone else's hands might be turgid melodrama into operatic tragedy.
Ray continually singles in on the melancholy, the sadness and the raw sense of longing which seems to permeate every fleeting glimpse of human connection we see on screen. When these small moments of hope eventually sour, it feels like the cinematic…
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…
Dear In a Lonely Place,
Now that we've known each other for quite a while, I would like to ask you: Do you want to marry me? Because you're beautiful, brilliant, funny, mysterious, soulful, emotional and sexy — everything I like in a film, and I fear I cannot live without you anymore, nor do I want to.
Until death do us part?
1.) How have I not seen every Nicholas Ray film?
2.) How have I not seen every Gloria Grahame film?
3.) What the hell is my problem?
A down-on-his-luck screenwriter, while adapting a trashy novel, becomes the prime suspect after the murder of a hat-check girl brings up his inability to suppress his violent tendencies. Nicholas Ray's twisted film noir is certainly his greatest work in the genre, and it's probably a career-best performance from Humphrey Bogart as well who never gave a more complex performance. While his "Casablanca" work is legendary, I feel this is more of a stretch, more of an actual performance instead of relying on what Bogie is best known for doing. He cashes in brooding and angry smoking for subdued maniacal rage. It actually combines the self-loathing of Rick Blaine with the paranoia and dreadful anger of Fred Dobbs. Bogart's work is…
Once you look past the fact that his fucking name is DIX STEELE, you really begin to appreciate the layered and incredibly ambivalent character that he is.
Another fantastic drama from director Nicholas Ray.
Noir City 14, 35mm
Was a bit distracted during the screening... definitely needs a rewatch. Too visually conventional for my tastes, but the performances and screenplay are fascinating. Very efficient and concise dialogue for a film noir. Bogart as a borderline psychopath (or just a giant asshole, pick your preferred terminology) is so good.
Update: What the fuck, the final scene was improvised?! Incredible.
Second viewing and still wrapping my head around this one. Some aspects are a little silly, like when Dix buys flowers for the dead girl — a gesture for no one but the audience. What I like best are its pure filmic qualities: a reverse p.o.v. of ground-pound fisticuffs, and that moment of pure insanity when Bogie, lit only around his eyes, describes his fantasy scene of murdering a woman. You can practically see his mouth watering.
Fascinating. Further shedding light on the classic notion 'nobody can really know anyone'. A dark text of confused identity, ephemeral love, annunciated by "I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me." A tragic tale of the frail misunderstood and emotionally complex tragic hero. This is bogart at his best and the script has many clever quotable lines.
The theme of confused identity works so well with the dramatic irony. Bold storytelling.
The lonely place is Hollywood, it’s the unstable heart of relationships, it’s the highway at night before Humphrey Bogart’s darting eyes. The artiste is a washed-up screenwriter (Bogart) who makes a point to "never see the pictures I write," his muse is the failed actress across the courtyard (Gloria Grahame), they get together at the police station after the corpse of a breathless coat-check girl ("She’s your audience!") turns up sprawled on the pavement. (The Black Dahlia is a hovering specter, so is McCarthyite paranoia.) The writer is "an erratic, brutal man" forever one push away from a brawl, "an exciting guy" who can weave his own mise en scène, moody lighting and all, while describing a murder to his…
One of the most cynical and ultimately heartbreaking noir films I've ever seen. To watch a relationship fall apart at the seams like this, driven by Bogey's intense and manic performance, is hard to watch at times. It's expertly directed by Nicholas Ray, who finds the perfect balance between shady noir, seedy Hollywood drama, and lovely romance at every turn. Bogart and Grahame are just right in their casting. Bogey always knows how to play flawed heroes, men that are good people deep down but with issues, such as anger or alcohol abuse. Grahame is great at expressing her vulnerability without ever seeming weak or handcuffed. This could have easily been a film about a woman who lets a man…
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…