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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…
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…
A.V. Club review. I submit that the early reveal here, while perhaps not quite as bold as Vertigo's, is even more crucial.
In a Lonely Place starts off deceptively simple before transforming into an ambiguous, challenging character study that solidifies director Nicholas Ray's career of one part heightened melodrama and one part uncompromising film noir.
Absolutely fantastic script. This film is a dark portrait of suspicion and abuse. Excellent acting all around.
Probably one of the most extreme love stories captured on film up to that time, Nicholas Ray doesn't really break any Film Noir rules but he most certainly takes it in an unexpected direction. He also managed to capture the two best performances ever given by his two leading actors.
Humphrey Bogart is not playing the type of guy we are used to seeing him play. This character is not just a tough guy -- there are hints of insanity and cruelty that seem to be fighting within him. It is a brutal performance. Gloria Grahame's performance and character only seem to belong within the Film Noir genre. While she comes on cold, distance and sexy -- she slowly begins…
Doomed love; is there a better kind of love?
Blows Hitchcock's Suspicion out of the water.
A tense Bogart film (one of his final ones!) where he plays a temperamental writer who may have murdered someone. His new girlfriend is convinced he didn't do it, but the more time she spends with him, and the more intense he gets, she starts to reconsider...
Wonderfully acted and written, the film's best scenes may have you holding your breath, and I liked the ending. Unfortunately, the slow bits can really drag it down.
In a Lonely Place is the sort of film that I watched years ago without realising who, and how important, the director was. It didn't leave a strong impression in my mind at that time, so it's almost like a first-time watching with the recent Criterion Collection release. Thankfully, I appreciate the film much more this time.
Jean-Luc Godard famously stated "Nicholas Ray is the cinema" after watching Bitter Victory (1957). First and foremost, I think it is a overstatement, albeit I admire what Ray, like Howard Hawks, bought and personalised under the studio system in genre films, like film noir On Dangerous Ground (1951) or western Johnny Guitar (1954). There are elements of artistic vision hidden under the…
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