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"I used to be born whilst she kissed me; lived a couple of brief weeks whereas she enjoyed me; I died while she left me." those bittersweet traces from In a Lonely Place are a becoming epitaph for the doomed romance on the middle of this robust Hollywood drama. Humphrey Bogart, in a single of his so much memorable performances, performs Dix, the hard-bitten and cynical screenwriter who falls for the glamorous Laurel (Gloria Grahame). yet Dix has a violent streak in him, and even though he is eventually absolved of the homicide he is accused of, the affection affair can't survive.
Undeniably, as Dana Polan indicates in his refined and clever account, there are autobiographical undertones within the film--the marriage of Gloria Grahame to its director, Nicholas Ray, started to get a divorce in the course of construction. but regardless of its bleak finishing and its common noir kind, argues Polan, the wise-cracking among Dix and Laurel provides the movie the element of a screwball comedy.
Critics have been doubtful tips on how to reply to this combination of genres while the movie first seemed. due to the fact that then in spite of the fact that, In a Lonely Place has rightfully been stated as a vintage and compelling tale of blighted love.

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