The Bogart suspense picture with the surprise finish!
An aspiring actress begins to suspect that her temperamental boyfriend is a murderer.
An aspiring actress begins to suspect that her temperamental boyfriend is a murderer.
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"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 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?!
A paranoid phantasmagoria of broken people, shattered Hollywood dreams, violent American character, Bogart and Grahame personals, New Deal and shifting political space of the era, romantic longing cut short. One of the most perfect bad trip movies, probably because it is also one of the most romantic.
"the act of a sick mind with the urge to destroy something young and lovely."
perhaps the most brutal and devastating hollywood break-up film, simultaneously an ostensible murder mystery noir where the answer doesn't bring any relief only more pain and a romance melodrama poisoned with paranoia, violence and self-loathing. a filmmaker and a killer become one and the same because both carry the impulse to take what's in their imagination and bring it into the real, tangible world.
1950. Two genre-defining noirs follow Hollywood's postwar darkness to its logical conclusion by setting their stories among Tinseltown's decayed soul. Sunset Boulevard is one of Billy Wilder's expertly crafted closed loops, a vision of Hollywood as an empire not merely in decline but founded upon an ideal of constant obsolescence, locking its brightest luminaries into grotesqueries of opulent rot as fame left with age. Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place, however, is open-ended, going so far as to abandon its original tidy, if nasty, coda in favor of a grim ambiguity that suggests cycles broken into new and even more terrifying iterations.
Ray films Hollywood not from its rotten core but its desiccated, metaphorical outskirts. It gets underway in a…
I’ve always considered myself more of a Mildred Atkinson than a Laurel Gray—perky, opinionated, and perhaps a bit too earnest. And like Mildred (and Laurel, as it seems), I have an unfortunate knack for finding trouble (ranging from uncommonly bad luck to serious danger); nothing as calamitous as the peril Mildred experienced, but one could say instead of trekking to the taxi stand, I found myself involved with my own Dixon Steele.
Other than Mildred’s innocently effervescent humor, particularly the scene at Dix’s Beverly Hills apartment (in a refreshing, yet brief turn by Martha Stewart), the jokes in In a Lonely Place are imbued with sarcasm and sinister mirth, much like the story’s central figure, screenwriter Dixon Steele (an immortal…
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?
Starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, In A Lonely Place is an impressive achievement in the way that it combines it's genres while at the same time investigating a complex psychological character. Director Nicholas Ray together with cinematographer Burnett Guffey strikingly light Bogart’s face in a way that makes him frequently appear to be inhumanly terrible, and Andrew P. Solt’s screenplay of Dorothy B. Hughes' 1947 novel additionally proportions the two leads satisfactorily.
Bogart’s portrayal of the excruciatingly miserable yet agreeable loser Dixon Steele is often humorous as he unhurriedly demonstrates the vast breadth of his characters dark dispositions, and the actor takes delight in the role with a radiant show of perceptible excitement. It's a memorable character with resentment never being far from his surface and gives rise to him being a harmful and hazardous stimulus of vehemence. In a Lonely Place is a fascinatingly perverse murder mystery as well as a romantic drama.
"I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me."
It's really too bad that every review ever has to open with this quotation, because the rest of the script is exactly as sharp and snappy as this most famous line, but it really is the perfect encapsulation of the film (inasmuch as any film can be captured in 22 words). It's not just one of those quotes that fits within the context of the film—for example, "You're a popcorn salesman." is a great line because of what it means to the characters and the way Humphrey Bogart delivers it, but without already knowing these characters or seeing…
"There's no sacrifice too great for a chance at immortality."
Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place is a film that defies easy classification. It's often designated a noir by virtue of its chiaroscuro lighting and its apparent focus on a murder investigation, though these elements encompass only a fraction of the grab-bag of conventions that typify the retroactively constructed genre. In another sense it could be designated a so-called backstage film, though the viewer is only privy to a sliver of the workings of the Hollywood industry (primarily the fashioning of a screenplay and a fair amount of interfacing between a writer and an agent). Perhaps the most befitting way to categorize In a Lonely Place is as an unintentional…
I've never seen Bogie become such a scary dude
"A good love scene should be about something else besides love. For instance, this one. Me fixing grapefruit. You sitting over there, dopey, half-asleep. Anyone looking at us could tell we're in love."
if u look like laurel or dix pls dm me
"I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me"
one of my fav movie line of all time
At the end of this film I was completely devastated. What an enthralling film.
BONUS RATING: 10/10 - Art Smith
A timeless tale: young women serving as the inexhaustible coal for Hollywood's engines
"I lived a few weeks while you loved me. Goodbye, Dix."
This actual classic. Peak noir y’all can’t touch her idc idc
Brilliant and depressing, Bogart gives one of the best performances of his career. A lot of movie in a very tight package. Absolute standout film for the noir genre
Bogart is absolutely off the charts here in the snarkiest, snappiest, most self-loathing, angry man alive. Come on, man, snap out of it!
The film starts out as many of its era do and gives off a tone that is also expected like that throughout it, but some parts do seem to feel dated now such as going quickly past the murder occurring and how certain characters are a usual product of their time. The lead played by Bogart makes it hard to root for and is either played very well or can feel like he very much could have a touch of being the Hollywood type portrayed. The tension set by the investigation and doubt of him being innocent makes the story more compelling, but I wouldn't say it has a huge payoff in the end when the mystery is pretty much…
In another dimension this is a wacky romantic comedy between Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame but the meet cute is murder
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