Film - Feature | August 11 | 6:30 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Ray must have been after the corrosive core of doubt and mistrust at the center of Dorothy B. Hughess most pathological novel (1947) when he took on Andrew Solts terrific adaptation. Hughess riveting story about Dix Steele, a serial killer trolling the streets of Los Angeles for women, was discarded like one of the novels many victims. Still, this repurposing of Dix (Humphrey Bogart) as a faltering Hollywood scriptwriter with anger management problems churns up the same unsettling suspicions for those around him. Dix falls deeply for his neighbor (Gloria Grahame), and Ray plays his bipolar moods off of each other, a brand of wracked romance that is equal measures love and fear.
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