A romantic, dark, and surprisingly adult drama featuring Bogart in one of his best performances as a bitter screenwriter who drinks and fights more than he works. Then he falls for Grahame. "I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me." Grahame is vivid, evidently off screen as well, marrying director Nicholas Ray before leaving him for his son.
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If you haven't ever seen this Nicholas Ray/James Dean classic in widescreen … trust me, you've never really seen it. It's been 40 years since James Dean essayed his quintessential role in as a troubled American teen and, along with co-stars Wood and Mineo, established an iconography of adolescence whose potency extends into the present. Ray, who told stories that were "bigger than life" and pulsing with "hot blood," was one of the most dynamic directors of the American screen and his capacity to tell a widescreen story was as articulate as his ability to pinpoint an individual stuck "in a lonely place."