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Bogart's In A Lonely Place at Film Forum

Playing a tortured writer in a paranoid Hollywood, Bogie kicks off Film Forum's Nick Ray fest

Nothing that Ray made during his relatively brief Hollywood career is without interest, but, in addition to In a Lonely Place, there are four I'd consider canonical: They Live by Night (shot in 1947 but not released until 1949) is a sensational debut—a technically accomplished, almost unbearably poignant version of the doomed outlaw couple story. Johnny Guitar (1954) more than justifies its cult reputation as an unclassifiably nutty Western. Ray's greatest hit, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), has overshadowed his oeuvre as the movie that posthumously introduced James Dean's über-teenager; its follow-up, Bigger Than Life (1956)—a title which, like In a Lonely Place, could fit any number of Ray films—is scarcely less operatic and equally anticipatory in its vision of druggy megalomania.

Have another drink, 
Humphrey.
Sony Pictures Repertory/Film Forum
Have another drink, Humphrey.

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In a Lonely Place
Directed by Nicholas Ray
Sony Pictures Repertory
July 17 through 23, Film Forum

Nick Ray Festival
July 24 through August 6, Film Forum

jhoberman@villagevoice.com

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