Pretty good if you watch it as if today is 1950.
"I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me."
Perhaps the most romantic and tragic of all film noirs, this 1950 film departed radically from the source novel by Dorthy B. Hughes (which is well worth reading). Humphrey Bogart tears his tough guy image down and gives one of his most nuanced and vulnerable performances as a boozy, bad-tempered, gone to seed screenwriter, who is suspected of murder and falls in love with a neighbor (Gloria Grahame). Now we'd probably call this a dissection of toxic masculinity. Grahame was married to director Nicholas Ray at the time, although their marriage felt apart during filming. Her performance is equally great. The extras, include a documentary about maverick auteur Ray, who was beloved by the French New Wave, a piece about Grahame, and an appreciation by director Curtis Hanson ("L.A. Confidential").
Not a fan of this genre, or of Humphrey Bogart, or Gloria Graham. Had enough of the self-conscious swagger of post WWII Hollywood acting.
Most everyone raves about this film. I found it to be an uninteresting and disappointing ho-hum portrait of an unhinged jackass of a 'human' being. Strong acting performances do not overcome a tiresome story and ridiculous nothing of a plot. It wasn't particularly well received when it was released in 1950, and after watching, and being completely underwhelmed, I turned to my friend, Bill the Cat, for his opinion. I agree with his assessment - "Ack! Thbbft! Thptpth!"
A terrific and entertaining movie; the characters, their development and the plot come together well. Some of the music and smart quips seem cheesy today, but this is one of the films that made them so widespread that they become mocked later. For a tough guy character, I was surprised at how slender the main character, Dixon, is (or is just that most people nowadays are fat?).
Tremendous.This perhaps one of best noir available
A great film-noir movie. Nostalgic look back at what Los Angeles used to look like. Gloria Grahame was perfect in her role. Nowadays we'd call Bogart's character a functioning drunkard with anger issues and abusive tendencies. Too bad Laurel (Grahame) didn't leave the relationship sooner.
Bogart's role in this film is refreshingly raw, as he portrays a character much darker than his typical movie persona. The initial plot of the film - the murder of a young coat check girl - is utilized to put question into the mind of another young woman that falls for Dix (Bogart). Watching the characters slowly move from the happy, honeymoon phase of love to the questioning, temperamental reality of getting to know someone still reads well decades later.
A great classic film noir.
I actually took this movie out because of backround artwork that I saw in a bookstore that referenced this movie. Fianced by Humphrey Bogart This I think was his attempt to breakaway from the types of roles that he was playing and in my opinion he was partically successful. Perhaps if his wife Lauren Bacall was playing opposite him we would have gotten a different type of performance. He was attempting to play a screenwriter with boarderline personality. Is he or is he not a Murderer ? I sort of belived it but I NEEDED to Believe it so I give it a O-K rating. Not a bad movie. A film Noirish type of treatment.
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