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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.
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?!
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?
How would you react if the last person you were with was declared dead, victim of a murder? Most people would probably be shocked, but Bogart's Dixon Steele, an emotionless Hollywood screenwriter, is different; he doesn't even react, as if he was already expecting it. Maybe he's not even guilty, but the fact that he isn't shocked by the news makes him the prime suspect, as if it was a crime to show a complete apathy towards everything that surrounds you. Dix is one of the most fascinating characters I've ever seen, he's indecipherable and we never know what he's thinking, but there's a bizarre humanism behind his emotionless facial expressions and violent nature that makes us care about him,…
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…
A very well made film. Great acting from both Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, it was so enjoyable just watching them interact. Between the direction, the cast, and the script almost every line is memorable, and it all falls apart so beautifully in the end. Really enjoyed this film.
Bogart throat punches a man, ground and pounds him, and then almost delivers a coup de grace via a rock in a ditch.
"Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them." - Margaret Atwood
Twisting classic from Nicholas Ray. Humphrey Bogart starts off playing the same sort of sardonic anti-hero he played (well, admittedly) in just about every lead he was ever given but as the film goes on he gets to stretch his range with impressive results. The rest of the film's just as good; the surprisingly bleak overall picture of a relationship based on mistrust is the sort of thing you would expect from a 21st century arthouse drama rather than the fifties studio system.
"Yesterday this would have meant so much, but today it doesn't matter. It doesn't matter at all"... God, what a line in a movie filled with them.
Toxic masculinity seeps into romance. Right before he ruins their relationship, he puts his arm around her neck - the same action that killed Mildred Atkinson. My first go-around with Nicholas "Cinema" Ray. Very much liked what I saw.
Gonna add "popcorn salesman" to my regular vocabulary.
In a Lonely Place seems like a rock solid Humphrey Bogart melodramatic thriller. I say seems because it took me 3+ hours and countess annoying interruptions to get this watched, which made me agitated and it harder for me to concentrate properly on the film. Boggie chews scenery and runs circles around everybody else in the film, he is doing superb work here and his amazing range is on full display. I'm going to have to watch this again so I can fully appreciate the film in which Bogart is crushing it in.
A film about murder that's not actually about murder, but about the murderousness within us. Savage, brutal, lovely, and heartbreaking.
In a Lonely Place is not one of the well known film noirs. It even defies some of the conventions of noir, given the fact that it deals much more with love and relationships versus the usual crime and thriller motifs that populate the genre. Like many of director Nicholas Ray's films, In a Lonely Place is hard to pigeonhole into one or two genres. Regardless of where you think its genre lies, one thing is clear, it's one of the most emotionally powerful films of the decade.
Rarely do an actor and director mesh so well as they do in this film. Humphrey Bogart, whom I find to actually be one of the more underrated actors of the time…
Didn't manage to quite hold my attention through to the end, but there is quality here and it's up there as the best Bogart performance I've seen, even if I will always struggle to see him as a tough guy.
Haunting and lyrical, this is a love story with all the stakes of suspense. The hat-check girl's murder is almost irrelevant: what matters isn't Dix's guilt but his steadily less-manageable temper and tendency to violence. If you can easily and plausibly suspect your lover of murder, you've fallen into the wrong romance--but at the same time, the Bogart/Grahame chemistry is so good, and their scenes are so lushly romantic and sexy ("I would want anyone but you") that there's real tension bout the outcome, which is handled in one of the best endings ever.