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'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…
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.
Moves pretty effortlessly between biting Hollywood satire, noir mystery, swooning romance, and, finally, tragic melodrama. The film is ultimately about a kind of crippling sense of doubt or uncertainty that can creep its way into any relationship - no amount of reason or logic can resolve it. Though this was my first viewing, I could feel the ending coming from about midway through the film, which is not to say that it's predictable, but instead to say that its sense of dread and fatalistic inevitability is so strong that it seems to permeate the entire film. It's also about the difficulty of truly changing yourself - though Steele's relationship with Laurel appears to make him more productive, happier, better, he…
Style and grace abounds in what might be Bogart's most impressive perfomance as a neurotic screenwriter who desperately clings onto a seductive woman whom he desire complete control over. The dense air of California is rife with suspense, ambiguous relationships, erratic characters and razor-sharp dialogue, which allows the film to keep a highly entertaining pace culminating in a nail-biting climax. Is there more to ask from a noir?`Perhaps there wasn't enough mystery, not enough crime. But overall, "In A Lonely Place" is a great and unique example of how noir's can be more than just a detective tale.
Bogart is mesmerizing in this dark thriller from Nicholas Ray. Playing an interesting twist on his bad guy roles he plays a guy who on the outside is fairly respectable a working screenwriter. But from the beginning we learn he is consumed with anger and jealousy. His relationship with Gloria Grahame is engrossing with neither us nor her really knowing if he could kill a young girl as he is accused of in the film. With its dreamy atmosphere and beautiful cinematography this is a great often daring film experience.
“I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.”
I don’t know what peculiar form of self-deprivation led me to not watch this for over ten years, because it remains one of the most entertaining and devastatingly intoxicating films noir ever made. As with the first time, I found myself riveted by that tragic central tension – we’re pretty sure Dix didn’t commit the murder, but as his historic and continuing volatility reveals itself, we share in Laurel’s fear that he’s still the kind of person that could have committed it. I also found that it’s a film, like Cronenberg’s version of The Fly, that propels itself…
A surprising film about the damage that inner rage can do to one's own life. A fine, little seen film with strong performances. This movie could be a rich source of material for audition and competition scenes for two actors.
Wow, what a great movie.
Very funny and dark script matched by Bogart's performance
I don't agree with the poster and the contention that it's the "picture with the surprise finish" but it certainly has a great finish.
A wonderful addition to Bogart's filmography with the icon giving a great performance in a surprisingly dark role.
Perhaps the best noir I've ever seen.
Oh, and by the way, yay for one thousand films and a happy new year!
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