Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place elicits a strikingly complex mix of feelings: it’s a raw, devastating film about violence and thwarted love that disturbs and compels in equal measure, closely involving us with the couple played by Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame only to break our hearts with a resolution that is so wrenching because it feels inevitable. This is in contrast to Dorothy B. Hughes’ disquieting novel, which fully inhabits its protagonist’s poisonous interior world, inflicting the darkest side of human nature on readers. This pairing lets us look at how the seed of an idea can be transformed from one medium to the next, with both novel and film excelling at their own version of a story. – Sarah Soliman, series curator
Out of work screenwriter, Dixon Steele—Humphrey Bogart, in an uncharacteristically vulnerable performance—is the prime suspect in a horrifying Hollywood murder and the only person who can provide a solid alibi for him is Laurel Gray (Gloria Grahame, The Bad and the Beautiful), a neighbor with a complicated and troubled past. Nicholas Ray’s (Rebel Without a Cause, Johnny Guitar) emotionally charged In a Lonely Place, freely adapted from a Dorothy B. Hughes thriller of the same name, is a wild mix of white-knuckle noir and devastating melodrama, led by rock solid performances from the film’s stars. An uncompromising tale of two people desperately 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 legendary Hollywood auteur, Ray.
JBFC Members can purchase a ticket package now for three or four Adapted screenings at a discounted price of only $15 per screening. Subject to availability, any remaining tickets to individual screenings will go on sale to JBFC Members and nonmembers in mid-August.