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"I was once born while she kissed me; lived a number of brief weeks whereas she enjoyed me; I died whilst she left me." those bittersweet traces from In a Lonely Place are a becoming epitaph for the doomed romance on the heart of this robust Hollywood drama. Humphrey Bogart, in a single of his such a lot 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 sort, argues Polan, the wise-cracking among Dix and Laurel supplies the movie the point of a screwball comedy.
Critics have been doubtful how one can reply to this combination of genres whilst the movie first seemed. considering then in spite of the fact that, In a Lonely Place has rightfully been said as a vintage and compelling tale of blighted love.

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