In the Cut isn't the first attempt to take back the night. Rescued from obscurity by CUNY's Feminist Press, Dorothy B. Hughes's 1947 pulp thriller In a Lonely Place ($14.95, paper)source for Nicholas Ray's 1950 movieis a fascinating exercise in duplicitous narration that subverts noir misogyny by unfolding inside the mind of a serial sex-killer. Ray's movie (less noir than gris) upgrades the antihero from murderous con artist to Humphrey Bogart's tormented screenwriter, getting props for evoking Hollywood's blacklist paranoia. Hughes's more sinister look at post-war America reveals the movie as the recuperation of her recuperation. Don't bother looking for the celebrated line Gloria Grahame reads back to Bogie: "I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me." In the novel, the femme fatale is the hero.
Get the Film & TV Newsletter
Stay up to date on the best new movies with our critics' latest reviews, interviews and trailers for the films coming to a theater near you each week.
More Film News
- Scott Adkins Plays a Badass Actually Named ‘Colt McReady’ In the Effective ‘Close Range’
- Meet the Pole Who Tried to Warn the World About the Holocaust in ‘Karski & the Lords...
- Jane Fonda Faced Down the Seventies and a Killer in Pakula’s Masterful ‘Klute’
- He’ll Get Your Head Shaking: Surveying the Start of Chung Mong-hong’s (Likely) Great...