In a Lonely Place

lonelyplace1In a Lonely Place
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USA, 1950, 94 min.

Director: Nicholas Ray
Producer: Robet Lord (Columbia Pictures, Santana Pictures)
Screenplay: Andrew Solt, Edmund H. North podle povídky Dorothy B. Hughes
Director of Photography: Burnett Guffey
Music: George Antheil
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid

“I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.” One of the most iconic statements to come out of the mouth of a noir protagonist, to which none other than Humphrey Bogart, one-liner noir cynic of the first degree, lent his face, belongs to Dixon Steele, a boorish scriptwriter. In a Lonely Place was realised in the production of the actor’s company, Santana Productions, according to Dorothy B. Hughes’ novel (her subsequent work served as a source for Ride the Pink Horse). It is a character study of a man who, in the midst of a creative crisis, faces suspicion of the murder of a young woman, and fatalistically attracts another woman to him like a magnet. Gloria Grahame, then wife of director Nicholas Ray, appeared in the role of his acting partner. The film showed certain parallels with their tempestuous, disintegrating marriage.

Jana Bébarová

SCREENING: Saturday, Aug 19, 9.15 pm, Castle courtyard