All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
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…
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?
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,…
I love noirs that actually seem to be about something else, then turn noir, then turn back to that something else again. Bogart's best performance? Ray's best film? All signs point to yes, at least upon a first watch!
Little more can be said about one of the great masterpieces of noir, and certainly one of Nicholas Ray's greatest achievements that, like all his best films, is still challenging and completely uncompromised.
Viewed on the TCM Cruise 2015 in the Caribbean. Introduced in person by Eddie Muller, who flatly said that this is his go-to film whenever he is asked the ridiculous question, "what is your favorite film?"
Muller noted that while the film departed substantially from its novel source by Dorothy Hughes, it sustains a new and different kind of gravity--so often the case with films adapted from literature that truly succeed in going beyond their source and having their own identity.
Muller noted also that Gloria Grahame…
"I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me."
Excellent script with many quotable lines ("I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me."). Bogart in one of his best roles (also love him in High Sierra). Very impressed with Miss Grahame's performance. Can't remember having seen her in anything other than Oklahoma! & It's a Wonderful Life. There's brilliant tension throughout the film, while we're waiting for Bogart to lose his temper, and my heart was pounding during the car speeding scene when Grahame witnesses Bogart's anger for the first time. But the strength of this film is the love story which is both sweet and tragic & sad.
Laurel Gray [on a scene in Dix's…
It's strange that one of the most acclaimed films in the noir cannon isn't in my belief a noir film at all. But it's so effective as a searing character piece, exploration of Hollywood & a doomed romance that categorizing the picture makes no sense.
Humphrey Bogart Film Festival (2015) - Key Largo, FL
Bogart's best performance and an absolute knock out of a movie. One of my all-time favorites.
Dok sam gledao ovo, moj brat je u drugoj sobi gledao "Moja mater kuva bolje od tvoje matere" pa ću upotrebiti kuvarsku analogiju.
Ja svoj noir volim reš dok je ovaj bio pečen na laganoj vatri. Na kraju, ispao je kao onaj nepečeni batak bez priloga jer je "kuvaru" isteklo vrijeme za spremanje obroka.
Izgleda da mame drugih režisera ovog žanra bolje kuvaju od mame Nikolas Reja jer mi se ni njegov Larger Than Life takođe nije svidio. Primjetio sam da su oba introspektivna, najvjerovatnije i autobiografska. O ljudima su koji suzbijaju svoju prirodu koja je destruktivna i zbog koje prave sranja. Znači, jasno mi je šta je pisac htio da kaže, samo mi se ne sviđa način na koji je to rekao.
P. S. Ne kažem da je loš film. Čak je i kompleksniji od ostalih noir filmova, ali danas sam prehlađen i nisam baš bio raspoložen da se nešto sad udubljujem u sadržinu istog.
Excellent performances keep this movie alive as the story and pacing are rather pedestrian. A violent screenwriter meets his neighbour late one night who turns out to be his only alibi in a murder hunt. Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame go head to head in this rather pondurous tale that relies on the acting ability of its' two stars. A great watch nevertheless.
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…