Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place (1950): Summer of Noir GIFs, Day 13

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Louise Brooks—she of the obsidian helmet hairdo, spellbinding screen presence, and writer of trenchant film essays—knew Humphrey Bogart before he became a big star. Like her, he was a loner. So, appropriately enough, Brooks cited the tormented screenwriter Dixon Steele of In a Lonely Place as the part that best mirrored his true self:

“[B]efore inertia set in, he played one fascinatingly complex character, craftily directed by Nicholas Ray, in a film whose title perfectly defined Humphrey’s own isolation among people. In a Lonely Place gave him a role that he could play with complexity because the film character’s, the screenwriter’s, pride in his art, his selfishness, his drunkenness, his lack of energy stabbed with lightning strokes of violence, were shared equally by the real Bogart.”

Read her full article “Humphrey and Bogey.”

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