Yale Film Study Center

Yale Film Study Center
“I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me” – from IN A LONELY PLACE, which premiered on May 17, 1950, 70 years ago today. Nicholas Ray’s classic film noir stars Humphrey Bogart as a volatile screenwriter and Gloria Grahame as the neighbor who has the misfortune to fall for him. L.A. CONFIDENTIAL’s director Curtis Hanson showed it to his cast when preparing for filming, not only because of its dark depiction of Hollywood, but also because, as he stated, “Occasionally, very rarely, a movie feels so heartfelt, so emotional, so revealing that it seems as though both the actor and the director are standing naked before the audience. When that kind of marriage happens between actor and director, it's breathtaking.” IN A LONELY PLACE is noir with a capital N: it’s one of the bleakest (and one of the most compelling) films in that genre.

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