le 22 septembre 2012
La filmographie de Nicolas RAY abonde en chefs d'oeuvres passés aux oubliettes des rééditions françaises en DVD. Ou alors j'ai loupé celle de ce film qui s'intitule chez nous "Le violent". Quoi qu'il en soit, jetez-vous sur cette magnifique histoire d'amour (et terrifiante dans sa triste banalité) dans laquelle Bogey tient l'un des 2 ou 3 plus beaux rôles de sa carrière. Il ne faut pas oublier de mentionner la "girl next door" interprétée par la romanesque Gloria Grahame (Mrs Ray à l'époque), qui bien qu'elle soit là encore une victime n'est pas pour une fois la garce de service (ceci dit, elle est superbe aussi dans "Règlement de comptes" de Fritz LANG).
le 15 avril 2011
Columbia Pictures presents "IN A LONELY PLACE" (1950) (94 min/B&W) -- Starring Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid & Art Smith
Directed by Nicholas Ray
Screenwriter Dixon Steele, faced with the odious task of scripting a trashy bestseller, has hat-check girl Mildred Atkinson tell him the story in her own words. Later that night, Mildred is murdered and Steele is a prime suspect; his record of belligerence when angry and his macabre sense of humor tell against him. Fortunately, lovely neighbor Laurel Gray gives him an alibi. Laurel proves to be just what Steele needed, and their friendship ripens into love. Will suspicion, doubt, and Steele's inner demons come between them?
Despite the fact that the plot is ostensibly a 'did he do it?' crime story, this is largely inconsequential to the psychological character and relationship study that is the central concern of the film. The script is smart, witty and cynical, just like a typical Bogart character. But in this film Bogart plays probably his darkest character. The cynical, darker aspects of this film just go to highlight how few contemporary films are prepared to be so bleak.
In some of the scenes with Gloria Grahame he's at his smooth, wisecracking, slightly irritable best, but in the moments where the anger and the fog of despair descends he is a more threatening character than in any of his other leading man roles.
If you like a cracking script with sharp performances, with all kinds of deep psychological observations on love and loneliness to be read into it, in the best noir tradition, this is the film for you.
"In A Lonely Place" could be director Nicholas Ray's best. It's a fascinating movie that mixes drama, suspense and romance in a very interesting way. You could call it Noir I suppose, but it's a very difficult movie to tie down.
Powerful Bogie noir - often described as one of his best (now that's saying something!)
1. Nicholas Ray [aka: Raymond Nicholas Kienzle] [Director]
Date of Birth: 7 August 1911 - Galesville, Wisconsin
Date of Death: 16 June 1979 - New York City, New York
2. Humphrey Bogart [aka: Humphrey DeForest Bogart]
Date of Birth: 25 December 1899 - New York City, New York
Date of Death: 14 January 1957 - Los Angeles, California
3. Gloria Grahame [aka: Gloria Hallward]
Date of Birth: 28 November 1923 - Los Angeles, California
Date of Death: 5 October 1981 - New York City, New York
4. Frank Lovejoy
Date of Birth: 28 March 1912 - The Bronx, New York
Date of Death: 2 October 1962 - New York City, New York
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars
Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 94 min on DVD ~ Columbia Pictures ~ (03/18/2003)