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  • Saturday, January 28

    8 PM (94 mins)
    BAMPFA

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SUBJECTS

Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.) -- Drama, Man-woman relationships -- United States -- Drama, Motion picture industry -- California -- Hollywood -- Drama, Murder -- Investigation -- California -- Drama, Screenwriters -- California -- Hollywood -- Drama

In A Lonely Place

Also screens on 1.18.17 in In Focus: Hollywood Outsiders

featuring

Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Art Smith,

Ray delivers a truly grown-up view of love—and of Hollywood—in this bitter, tender, and devastating film. Humphrey Bogart stars as Dixon Steele, a screenwriter whose violent contempt has many targets: industry "popcorn salesmen," the moviegoing public, his own lovers. When Dix becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation, his neighbor Laurel (Gloria Grahame) provides an alibi, an inauspicious beginning to an ill-fated romance. In Dorothy Hughes's novel, Dix was in fact a murderer; in the final film he is "only" a troubled man. Yet in the end, as Laurel says with knowing sadness, it doesn't matter at all.

Juliet Clark