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In a Lonely Place

Nicholas Ray

 
In a Lonely Place (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1950
  • 93 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #810

When a gifted but washed-up screenwriter with a hair-trigger temper—Humphrey Bogart, in a revelatory, vulnerable performance—becomes the prime suspect in a brutal Tinseltown murder, the only person who can supply an alibi for him is a seductive neighbor (Gloria Grahame) with her own troubled past. The emotionally charged In a Lonely Place, freely adapted from a Dorothy B. Hughes thriller, is a brilliant, turbulent mix of suspenseful noir and devastating melodrama, fueled by powerhouse performances. An uncompromising tale of two people desperate to love yet struggling with their demons and each other, this is one of the greatest films of the 1950s, and a benchmark in the career of the classic Hollywood auteur Nicholas Ray.

Cast

Dixon SteeleHumphrey Bogart
Laurel GrayGloria Grahame
Brub NicolaiFrank Lovejoy
Capt. LochnerCarl Benton Reid
Mel LippmanArt Smith
Sylvia NicolaiJeff Donnell
Mildred AtkinsonMartha Stewart
Charlie WatermanRobert Warwick
Lloyd BarnesMorris Ankrum
Ted BartonWilliam Ching
PaulSteven Geray
SingerHadda Brooks

Credits

DirectorNicholas Ray
Produced byRobert Lord
Screenplay byAndrew Solt
Adaptation byEdmund H. North
Based upon a story byDorothy B. Hughes
Director of photographyBurnett Guffey
Art directorRobert Peterson
Film editorViola Lawrence
Set decoratorWilliam Kiernan
Musical score byGeorge Antheil
Musical directorMorris Stoloff
Assistant directorEarl Bellamy
Gowns byJean Louis
Makeup byClay Campbell
Hairstyles byHelen Hunt
Sound engineerHoward Fogetti
Technical adviserRodney Amateau
Associate producerHenry S. Kesler

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New audio commentary featuring film scholar Dana Polan
  • I’m a Stranger Here Myself, a 1975 documentary about director Nicholas Ray, slightly condensed for this release
  • New interview with biographer Vincent Curcio about actor Gloria Grahame
  • Piece from 2002 featuring filmmaker Curtis Hanson
  • Radio adaptation from 1948 of the original Dorothy B. Hughes novel, broadcast on the program Suspense
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith

    Original typography on cover by Erik Marinovich

Film Essays

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In a Lonely Place: An Epitaph for Love

By Imogen Sara Smith May 10, 2016

Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place imbues the conventions of film noir with a subtle, tense vulnerability that lends a naturalistic weight to the film’s powerful emotional impact.
Read more »

Performances

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High Brow: Gloria Grahame in In a Lonely Place

By Melissa Anderson November 28, 2016

Any paean to noir seductress nonpareil Gloria Grahame—mine included—can’t hope to surpass this encomium from Boyd McDonald, one of her most ardent and articulate devotees. Saluting Grahame’s . . . Read more »


Clippings

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Did You See This?

November 18, 2016

For Film Comment, Marc Walkow surveys the career of director Tomu Uchida, currently the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art. Like many commercial Japanese directors of his . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

Current_27908id_010_thumbnail

In a Lonely Place: An Epitaph for Love

By Imogen Sara Smith May 10, 2016

Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place imbues the conventions of film noir with a subtle, tense vulnerability that lends a naturalistic weight to the film’s powerful emotional impact.
Read more »


Announcements

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New UK Releases for May 2016

April 20, 2016

Hello to our friends across the pond! Below are the titles we’ll be releasing in the UK next month—including a 1960s countercultural sensation, a lovelorn noir, and a classic of Italian cinema. . . . Read more »

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