In A Lonely Place

In A Lonely Place

DVD - 2003
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A hotheaded Hollywood screenwriter, questioned for murder, is drawn to his neighbor when she confirms his alibi. His volatile nature eventually threatens to destroy their one last chance for real love.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, c2003.
Edition: Full screen version.
ISBN: 9780767882910
0767882911
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD DRAMA INAL
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 94 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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lukasevansherman
Dec 24, 2019

"I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me."
Perhaps the most romantic and tragic of all film noirs, this 1950 film departed radically from the source novel by Dorthy B. Hughes (which is well worth reading). Humphrey Bogart tears his tough guy image down and gives one of his most nuanced and vulnerable performances as a boozy, bad-tempered, gone to seed screenwriter, who is suspected of murder and falls in love with a neighbor (Gloria Grahame). Now we'd probably call this a dissection of toxic masculinity. Grahame was married to director Nicholas Ray at the time, although their marriage felt apart during filming. Her performance is equally great. The extras, include a documentary about maverick auteur Ray, who was beloved by the French New Wave, a piece about Grahame, and an appreciation by director Curtis Hanson ("L.A. Confidential").

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calvoer
Oct 29, 2019

Not a fan of this genre, or of Humphrey Bogart, or Gloria Graham. Had enough of the self-conscious swagger of post WWII Hollywood acting.

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doyoureadme
Jun 30, 2019

Most everyone raves about this film. I found it to be an uninteresting and disappointing ho-hum portrait of an unhinged jackass of a 'human' being. Strong acting performances do not overcome a tiresome story and ridiculous nothing of a plot. It wasn't particularly well received when it was released in 1950, and after watching, and being completely underwhelmed, I turned to my friend, Bill the Cat, for his opinion. I agree with his assessment - "Ack! Thbbft! Thptpth!"

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1aa
Aug 22, 2018

A terrific and entertaining movie; the characters, their development and the plot come together well. Some of the music and smart quips seem cheesy today, but this is one of the films that made them so widespread that they become mocked later. For a tough guy character, I was surprised at how slender the main character, Dixon, is (or is just that most people nowadays are fat?).

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tsptsp
Aug 22, 2018

Tremendous.This perhaps one of best noir available

Lovestoread5 Jun 21, 2018

A great film-noir movie. Nostalgic look back at what Los Angeles used to look like. Gloria Grahame was perfect in her role. Nowadays we'd call Bogart's character a functioning drunkard with anger issues and abusive tendencies. Too bad Laurel (Grahame) didn't leave the relationship sooner.

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brittanymus
Oct 25, 2017

Bogart's role in this film is refreshingly raw, as he portrays a character much darker than his typical movie persona. The initial plot of the film - the murder of a young coat check girl - is utilized to put question into the mind of another young woman that falls for Dix (Bogart). Watching the characters slowly move from the happy, honeymoon phase of love to the questioning, temperamental reality of getting to know someone still reads well decades later.

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empbee
Jan 22, 2017

A great classic film noir.

Vitruian Jun 20, 2015

I actually took this movie out because of backround artwork that I saw in a bookstore that referenced this movie. Fianced by Humphrey Bogart This I think was his attempt to breakaway from the types of roles that he was playing and in my opinion he was partically successful. Perhaps if his wife Lauren Bacall was playing opposite him we would have gotten a different type of performance. He was attempting to play a screenwriter with boarderline personality. Is he or is he not a Murderer ? I sort of belived it but I NEEDED to Believe it so I give it a O-K rating. Not a bad movie. A film Noirish type of treatment.

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akirakato
Nov 19, 2014

This is a 1950 film noir directed by Nicholas Ray.
Dixon "Dix" Steele is a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who has not had a hit since before the war.
Although Dix has an explosive temper, he is not the type of guy to kill a hat-check girl like Mildred in the first place.
Nobody suspects Dix, who is played by Humphrey Bogart, I suppose.
Besides, Dix has no motives to kill her.
So I guessed that her boyfriend was the culprit.
The detective denied it at first, but the boyfriend confessed in the end.
So, in a sense, Laurel was forced to distrust Dix, manipulated by an unreasonable and contrived storyline.
It is too bad and too late for both lovers to salvage their relationship.

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