I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.
– Humphrey Bogart’s character Dix Steele narrating lines from a screenplay he’s writing, to his girl Laurel (Gloria Grahame) in the car in the 1950 Hollywood movie In a Lonely Place.
In a Lonely Place (1950) is an extraordinary movie.
A film we’d place in the Romantic Noir category. That is, a strong romantic element blended into a noir core.
Six decades after this brilliant black and white movie directed by Nicholas Gray debuted, its magic still endures.
The movie’s lead stars Humphrey ‘Bogie’ Bogart and Gloria Grahame deliver powerful performances in a film that’ll be talked about as long as motion pictures endure.
Who can forget the image of Dix as he staggers out of Laurel’s room after nearly…… toward the end of the film.
Just then, the phone rings.
The police are on the other end of the line.
A disclosure is made, an apology rendered but can the shards of the broken romance be put back together?
In those final moments of the film, both Bogie and Gloria Grahame dazzle and spoil us. Forever forcing us to expect so much more from movies. To never be satisfied with merely the good.