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Title:   In a Lonely Place
Director:   Nicholas Ray
Year:   1950
Genre:   Noir
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   02.22.06

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Date Viewed Venue Note
02.22.06Alamo Downtown AFS screening of this Bogart noir... a lot like the Hitchcock movie Suspicion except Bogey plays is-he-a-crazy-killer-or-not about 10 times better than Cary Grant ever could. One shot in particular, where Bogart's screenwriter character pontificates on exactly how the killer could have done his gruesome business uses this line of key light across his eyes that, together with a rare showcasing of his buck teeth, paint Bogey as completely looney bin. moreso than Sierra Madre, moreso than African Queen... just completely nutso. Of course Gloria Grahame is good too but the movie's really a showcase for Bogey (no surprise since it was made through his Santana production company) and he really makes the picture as good as it is. Right up to the last minute I totally thought that one way or the other Grahame was gonna get it. I'm still not completely sold on Godard's quote about Ray being "cinema" but I do like his style in this... lots of deceptively complicated shots and interesting compositions. It's just a good movie all around.
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