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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 Nicholas 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…
"I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me"
In a Lonely Place is a gut-wrenching, bold and raw noir-romance about a self-destructive and violent screenwriter who gets investigated for murder and falls in love with his neighbor. It's incredibly well-written and well-directed, and the intensity, struggles and vulnerability in Bogart's character makes this such a fascinating and riveting experience. His character becomes genuinely terrifying, especially towards the end, as it's impossible to predict and know what he's going to do next. The script is pitch-perfect, the black-and-white imagery looks wonderful, and the schizophrenic performance from Bogart is perhaps the best i've seen from him. Absolutely loved this one.
"Yesterday, this would've meant so much to us. Now it doesn't matter... it doesn't matter at all"
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…
Humphrey Bogart. Gloria Grahame. A doomed relationship that falls apart as quick as it started. = cinematic gold.
Louise Brooks once said that Humphrey Bogart's character in this film was the closest to the real Bogie she knew in real life. Imagine how much of a dick he was.
Bogart was never more legitimately terrifying than he is here, which makes the tragic emotional death spiral of the third act hit all the harder. Fate bails him out too late - maybe for the best.
Si existe algún noir que esté a la altura de éste, pido por favor a los que lleguen a leer esto, que lo apunten en los comentarios. Hasta el momento no he visto nada que se le acerque, salvo quizá Out of the Past de Jacques Torneur que conmueve enormemente con su naturaleza poética. The Big Sleep y, en cierta medida, The Maltese Falcon me parecen buenas películas pero que seguramente se beneficiarían de un metraje más extenso ya que restultan demasiado saturadas de dispositivos narrativos que sufren de falta de desarrollo. In A Lonely Place tiene el timing perfecto y vaya que respira, conduciéndonos a reflexionar pero también a contemplar y a sentir.
El filme comienza con Dixon, un…
Audio Commentary featuring film scholar Dana Polan
In my dazed remarks a week ago when I watched the film itself, I said
On another occasion, I might have something to say about the film itself. Bogart's alternating charm and brutality are both believable. Most actors can convincingly be charming and brutal, but few have demonstrated both traits so overpoweringly as he does here as Dixon Steele. Offhand, the closest performance I could liken it to would be Connery's in Dr. No, when Bond was new and allowed to be ruthless as well as suave.
And on that other occasion, I might have something to say about the supporting cast, the pacing, the shrewdness of selecting what takes place off-screen, the…
Two fantastic lead performances, heartbreaking love story dressed up as a film noir.
Bogart at his best...
Interesting! Human behaviour at its best and worst
Daaammnn, I was not expecting this. This film is awesome!
Just some of the great lines:
"You know I got married?...Why?"
"It was his story against mine, but of course I told mine better"
A definite must watch for fans of noir, Humphrey Bogart, love stories or some awesome Venn diagram combination thereof.
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