In A Lonely Place

In A Lonely Place

DVD - 2016
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A down on his luck screenwriter reluctantly agrees to adapt a trashy bestseller to the silver screen. Rather than read the book himself, Steele convinces a star-struck hatcheck girl, Mildred Atkinson, to accompany him home and tell him the story in her own words. Later the night, Mildred is found murdered and Steele who has a history of violent behavior becomes the prime suspect. A neighbor who is attracted to him lies to the police providing them with an alibi. Is he innocent or not?
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] :, The Criterion Collection,, [2016]
Edition: DVD edition
ISBN: 9781681431499
Call Number: DVD F IN
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,rda
digital,optical,monaural,rda
1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in

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A great indy film before indies were cool. Bogart shines in a complex role from his own production company late in his career. Not for everyone, this is a mature, intellectual drama. It's not a potboiler and it's not film noir (but it has a moment or two). Gloria Grahame is excellent, too.

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voisjoe1_0
Sep 11, 2016

This film was inspired by the Dorothy B. Hughes novel of the same name – very, very loosely inspired. It was one of the roughest Bogart films and it showed the world that Gloria Graham was a world class star. I have read some of the Hughes novels and while her main objective is to explore a social problem, she cloaks it in a murder mystery. The supplements to this Criterion Collection edition indicate that Director Nicholas Ray just picked segments from the novel and more than half of the story is just from his imagination. In fact he changed the final scene secretly so that when Hollywood found out, the actors and sets, etc. had been dispersed, thereby ending as Ray desired – definitely an anti-Hollywood ending.

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Janice21383
May 07, 2016

Nicolas Ray's yearning, downbeat masterpiece is given the Criterion treatment. Some have called this the greatest noir, but this is a hard film to love.

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nptphoto
Jan 26, 2014

Bad, bad script that fails as film noir, black comedy, straightforward drama, Hollywood satire, or whatever else this was trying to be. The actors, especially Gloria Grahame, are good, but Nicholas Ray couldn't direct -- the movie proves that, at least. How can a so-called murder mystery get by with only one suspect?

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Monolith
Dec 30, 2012

I'm a sucker for anything Bogart. He's a bit of a nutjob here, and delightfully so. This Nicholas Ray treat wasn't so hard to predict, but its poignancy was its magic. Gloria Grahame was underrated; that sexy woman with that little pout and those eyelashes could light a bucket of water on fire. Best thing I've seen her in next to "The Big Heat".

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Monolith
Dec 30, 2012

Dixon Steele: "I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me."

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Monolith
Dec 30, 2012

Mel Lippmann (of Dixon Steele's screenplay): "What does it matter what I think? I'm the guy who tried to talk Selznick out of doing "Gone with the Wind"!"

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