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  1. DeeDee

    Dixon Steele’s Thoughts of Laurel:I was born when she kissed me…I die when she left me… I lived a few weeks while she loved me.
    “In A Lonely Place”

    Hi! Tony…
    I have to agree with author Andrew Dickos, assessment of both actor Humphrey Bogart, and actor James Dean’s characters in the films In A Lonely Place (1950) and in the film Rebel Without A Cause.(1955)

    If I recall correctly, wasn’t actor Humphrey Bogart’s character a murderer (slash serial killer) in Hughes’ book In A Lonely Place?

    [Check out the link below to read the comparison between the film and the novel.]
    In A Lonely Place Comparison To The Novel

    Andrew Dickos, in his perceptive survey of film noir, ‘Street With No Name: A History of the Classic American Film Noir’ (University Press of Kentucky 2002)

    I’am so unfamiliar with this book, but I plan to seek it out to add to my online bookshelf.
    Thanks, for sharing!
    DeeDee ;)

  2. Andrew Dickos pens a convincing scholarly treatment of Dixon Steele in his “Street With No Name” volume. Steele can be seen as an archetypal noir character, yet there is a level of complexity that makes him one of Ray’s most fascinating characters. The comparison to REBEL is especially riveting:

    “Steele faces this but is, moreover, self-lacerated, as many of Ray’s characters are, by the psychic urge to find meaning in a life personally and routinely bereft of it. This vision, cast in the noir mode and personified by Humphrey Bogart in one of his most intriguing roles, is perhaps better explained by reference to another Ray film, Rebel without a Cause. Victor Perkins described the planetarium sequence, as James Dean and his friends gaze upward at the universe while the narrator comments about gas, fire, and the insignificance of the planet’s impending destruction.”

    And Steel is as troubled as any character we’ve seen in the form.

  3. kilgort

    Oh my oh my…

    I have some personal feeling about this one
    When I started to discover the world of noir (I was about 19) I thought you know it’s more style than soul. “In a lonely a lonely place” was my 5th or 6th noir and it completely changed everything. I mean I felt something I never felt before in my life. Now I’m 22 but I still remember that day like it was yesterday. Best fucking day in my life.

    Bogart’s eyes are so deep and tender and sometimes completely crazy, so much pain noone can bear… his eyes in rearview mirror… his eyes when he explains his feelings to Laurel… it’ s not only my favorite noir but my favorite movie as well probably.

    The picture you chose for the post has been a wallpaper for my laptop for couple of years.

    “I lived a few weeks while you loved me. Goodbye, Dix.”

  4. Thanks guys for your comments.

    DeeDee, I have not read the novel, so the pointer is much appreciated.

    Yes Sam, Perkin’s insightful observations are really revelatory.

    kilgort, yes it is one of Bogart’s great performances where he reaches an apotheosis of where all his earlier roles were heading. I read a while back a recollection of someone who worked with him on a movie – the details escape me at present – that Bogart was the saddest man he had ever known…

  5. kilgort

    it’s just the greatness of any moment you live through that struck me- “Oh I didn’t say I was a gentleman. I said I was tired” and feelings prevail upon everything – even if your 50, though your 13, it’s what you feel right now what matters. Bogart was like a symbol like an antihero becaming a hero and it’s so great to watch, like you’ re a kid again. His eyes in rearview mirror echo with eyes of de niro in taxi driver. that’s how i feel it.

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