By Dana Polan
From Amazon: ""I was once born whilst she kissed me; lived a couple of brief weeks whereas she enjoyed me; I died whilst she left me." those bittersweet traces from In a Lonely position are a becoming epitaph for the doomed romance on the middle of this robust Hollywood drama. Humphrey Bogart, in a single of his such a lot memorable performances, performs Dix, the hard-bitten and cynical screenwriter who falls for the glamorous Laurel (Gloria Grahame). yet Dix has a violent streak in him, and even though he's eventually absolved of the homicide he's accused of, the affection affair can't continue to exist. Undeniably, as Dana Polan indicates in his refined and clever account, there are autobiographical undertones within the film--the marriage of Gloria Grahame to its director, Nicholas Ray, started to get a divorce in the course of creation. but regardless of its bleak finishing and its common noir kind, argues Polan, the wise-cracking among Dix and Laurel supplies the movie the point of a screwball comedy. Critics have been doubtful the way to reply to this mixture of genres while the movie first seemed. considering the fact that then notwithstanding, In a Lonely position has rightfully been stated as a vintage and compelling tale of blighted love."
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And, indeed, her home court was eager to surround her with as many compatriots as possible to inﬂuence her on behalf of her native land. As for the bride herself, she was glad to see familiar faces and speak her mother tongue. But this inﬂux of outsiders caused ill will in her new country from courtiers unwilling to see their remunerative positions go to babbling foreigners. In 1600 Princess Marie de Medici of Tuscany, the bride of Henri IV, arrived with a throng of Italians itching to be awarded positions at the French court.
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In a Lonely Place (BFI Film Classics) by Dana Polan