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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.
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?!
"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…
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?
One of the very best noirs with what might be Bogie's best performance. Nicolas Ray is the most under appreciated director of his time.
This Bogart guy is going to go places.
While the plot to this was top notch the true story of Gloria Grahame marrying Nicolas Ray's son (several years after she was married to Nick) might trump it.
I was able to see this two months in a row on the big screen because LA HAS THE BEST FILM CULTURE IN THE WORLD.
Saw this at LACMA with Altman's '70s noir and was blown away. Has almost as good a backstory as its plot.
Despite me not sleeping when I read what Gloria G. (Who I once admired before) did to her husband's(films director Nicholas Ray) 13 year old son, this film is a great piece of art! In it's practically gravity pulling dialogue,the eccentric lighting,the cinematography and it's incredible acting comes a noir all in it's self. I've always been a fan of Bogie and I've seen a performance I can say he deserved an Oscar not for the African queen, his eyes and body says it all and Gloria plays a femme just as she could(she does brilliant performances in noir but I refuse to idolize a predator)
Dark and twisted in a beautiful way.
What starts as a film with a pulpy premise, ends up being a psychodrama with a sense of reality that's way ahead of its time. (I thought movies in which nothing really happens were a NEW phenomenon).
Bogart and Graham are at the top of their game. The script makes you fear and feel for both. I still really don't care for stories about male artists who are difficult to handle because they're men and they're artists.
I don't think I've ever seen a Nicholas Ray movie, and I wish this film had a stronger cinematic approach. The ending wouldn't have felt as cheesy, if it'd slowed down a little.
And I thought Kiss Me Deadly was chilly.
I don't think I've ever seen a movie be so cruel towards its main characters. Here are two desperately lonely people who find their paths crossed. They seem to be perfect for each other, but ultimately her suspicions about him cause him to be suspicious of her. The two then engage each other over and over until one of the two finally snaps. The ending almost spits on the corpse of these two souls, both of whom are crushed and may possibly never find happiness again, by suggesting that the entire fissure in their relationship was altogether pointless. Happily ever after was not impossible, but it didn't happen and will probably…
A list that, if nothing else, proves the day-to-day usefulness of applied statistics.
Between 2015 and 2016, a series of…
High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.