A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
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.
5 Reasons why this film is a masterpiece:
1. It's the best film Nicholas 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?!
"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.
"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…
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?
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…
"I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me."
It's really too bad that every review ever has to open with this quotation, because the rest of the script is exactly as sharp and snappy as this most famous line, but it really is the perfect encapsulation of the film (inasmuch as any film can be captured in 22 words). It's not just one of those quotes that fits within the context of the film—for example, "You're a popcorn salesman." is a great line because of what it means to the characters and the way Humphrey Bogart delivers it, but without already knowing these characters or seeing…
"To secure pleasant slumbers, I shall recite to him―"
"Wouldn’t you rather have a brandy?"
"―the most beautiful words in the English tongue."
Humphrey Bogart plays a hollywood screenwriter that becomes the lead suspect in a murder investigation. His only alibi, played wonderfully by Nicholas Ray's wife at the time, Gloria Grahame, becomes his lover.
As the film moves along, it's focus shifts from him to her increasing fears of his violent outbursts and odd behaviour. Bogie is downright scary at times. This has to be one of the saddest romances of classic cinema.
A fantastic noir-ish movie that raises all kinds of questions about how an innocent person should behave when accused of murder, and one he's very capable of committing.
Dixon Steele: "I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me."
This movie is so perfect.
Dark, so crafty, so Ray. What a great Bogart film.
Might be my favorite 50's film.
Bogart's short-fused Dixon Steele is certainly a change of pace from his other performances, and Ray's direction of a sharp, cynical script is masterful. An excellent noir.
Truly one of the most unsettling entries in the noir genre, IALP presents the viewer with a protagonist who is innocent of the specific crime treated by the film but is also so deeply unbalanced and unsettling as to invite no sympathy. This is my personal favorite Humphrey Bogart performance and is an example of the ways in which noir genre-work was used to examine the underbelly of society and humanity's worst impulses while flirting with the limits of what could be portrayed on screen in the era of big studio censorship.
innovative means of cinematic meditation and,
thus, freshly developed processes of perception.
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