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In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place is a 1950 American film noir directed by Nicholas Ray and starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, produced for Bogart's Santana Productions. The script was written by Andrew P. Solt from Edmund North's adaptation of Dorothy B. Hughes' 1947 novel of the same name. Bogart stars as Dixon Steele, a deranged and troubled screenwriter suspected of murder, Grahame co-stars as Laurel Gray, a neighbor who falls under his spell. Beyond its surface plot of confused identity and tormented love, the story is a mordant comment on Hollywood mores and the pitfalls of celebrity and near-celebrity, similar to two other American films released that same year, Billy Wilder's Sunset Boulevard and Joseph L. Mankiewicz's All About Eve. Although lesser known than his other work, Bogart's performance is considered by many critics to be among his finest and the film's reputation has grown over time along with Ray's, it is now considered a classic film noir, as evidenced by its inclusion on the Time "All-Time 100 List" as well as Slant Magazine's "100 Essential Films."

In 2007, In a Lonely Place was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally or aesthetically significant." Dixon "Dix" Steele is a down-on-his-luck Hollywood screenwriter who has not had a hit, "since before the war." While driving to meet his agent, Mel Lippman, at a nightclub, Dix's explosive temper is revealed when, at a stoplight, he engages with another motorist in a confrontation that becomes violent. At the nightclub, Mel cajoles him to adapt a book for a movie; the hat-check girl, Mildred Atkinson, is engrossed in reading the copy meant for Dix. Dix has a second violent outburst when a young director bad-mouths Dix's friend Charlie, a washed-up actor. Dix claims to be too tired to read the novel, so he asks Mildred to go home with him, ostensibly to explain the plot; as they enter the courtyard of his apartment, they pass Laurel Gray. As soon as Mildred is convinced that Dix is not trying to seduce her, she describes the story, in the process confirming what he had suspected—the book is trash.

He gives her cab fare to get home. The next morning, he is awakened by an old army buddy, now a police detective, Brub Nicolai, who takes him downtown to be questioned by Captain Lochner; the coat check girl Mildred was murdered during the night and Dix is a suspect. Laurel is brought to the police station, she confirms seeing the girl leave Dix's apartment alone and unharmed but Lochner is still suspicious. Although Dix shows no overt sympathy for the dead victim, on the way home from the police station, he anonymously sends her two dozen white roses; when he gets home, Dix checks up on Laurel. He finds, they begin to fall in love and, with Laurel assisting him, Dix finds new energy and goes back to work with enthusiasm, much to his agent's delight. Dix remains notoriously erratic, however, he says things that make Brub's wife Sylvia wonder if he did kill the girl. Lochner sows seeds of doubt in Laurel's mind; when he learns about this, that Laurel has not told him of her meeting with Lochner, Dix becomes furious and irrational.

With her a terrified passenger, he drives at high speed. Nobody is hurt in the collision, but when the other driver accosts him, Dix beats him unconscious and is about to strike him with a large rock when Laurel stops him. Laurel gets to the point, her distrust and fear of Dix are becoming too much for her. When he asks her to marry him, she accepts, but only because she is too scared of what he might do if she'd refused, she secretly makes a plane reservation and tells Mel she is leaving because she cannot take it anymore. Dix finds out and becomes violent strangling her before he regains control of himself. Just the phone rings, it is Brub with good news: Mildred's boyfriend has confessed to her murder. Tragically, it is too late to salvage Laurel's relationship; when Edmund H. North adapted the story, he stuck close to the original source and John Derek was considered for the role of Dix because in the novel the character was much younger. North's treatment was not used. Andrew Solt developed the screenplay with regular input from producer Robert Lord and director Nicholas Ray, the end result is far different from the source novel.

Solt claimed that Bogart loved the script so much that he wanted to make it without revisions – Solt maintains that the final cut is close to his script – but further research shows that Ray made regular rewrites, some added on the day of shooting. In fact, only four pages of the 140-page script had no revisions; the film was produced by Bogart's Santana Productions company, whose first film was Knock on Any Door, directed by Ray and starred Bogart and Derek in the leading roles. Louise Brooks wrote in her essay "Humphrey and Bogey" that she felt it was the role of Dixon Steele in this movie that came closest to the real Bogart she knew. "Before inertia set in, he played one fascinatingly complex character, craftily directed by Nicholas Ray, in a film whose title defined Humphrey's own isolation among people. In a Lonely Place gave him a role that he could play with complexity because the character's pride in

Closer to You (J. J. Cale album)

Closer to You is a 1994 album by J. J. Cale, it was distributed by Virgin Records. Closer to You is best remembered for the change in sound from Cale’s previous albums due to the prominence of synthesizers, with Cale employing the instrument on five of the twelve songs. Although the use of synthesizers may have seemed like a left turn for hardcore fans used to his laidback, rootsy sound, it was not new. In an interview with Vintage Guitar in 2004, Cale acknowledged the dismay some fans felt, recalling: …me playing with the synthesizer, everybody hated. Audie Ashworth did the first eight albums, those were kind of semi-popular, for an obscure songwriter like me. I started doing these albums in California with all synthesizers and me being the engineer. I liked those. On Closer to You Cale used two bass players, three percussionists, three guitarists, two keyboardists, three horn players; the horns are used on the closing track “Steve’s Song,” which AllMusic describes as a “hypnotically groovy instrumental.”

The same review complements the electronic treatment of Cale’s vocals on the title track, a technique that makes him sound as down-to-earth as ever.” In truth, the majority of the songs boast the sound. The lusty “Slower Baby” and the breezy “Sho-Biz Blues” are characteristic Cale tracks, with the latter documenting the bleak realities of a musician’s life; the foreboding “Borrowed Time” and “Brown Dirt” are meditations on mortality, the latter from the perspective of a Mississippi cotton picker who observes, “Brown dirt, somebody told me, be the last place you lay.” The gentle love song “Rose in the Garden” appeals for affection while the more direct “Like You Used To” asks a lover to “Tell me that you love me if it ain't true.” The album includes one live track, “Hard Love.” AllMusic: “With the dazzling Closer to You, J. J. Cale finds ever-newer surprises in his own remarkable corner of the musical world.” All songs written by J. J. Cale. "Long Way Home" – 2:50 "Sho-Biz Blues" – 3:39 "Slower Baby" – 5:00 "Devil's Nurse" – 3:45 "Like You Used To" – 3:02 "Borrowed Time" – 4:13 "Rose in the Garden" – 3:00 "Brown Dirt" – 3:26 "Hard Love" – 4:18 "Ain't Love Funny" – 2:43 "Closer to You" – 2:46 "Steve's Song" – 4:02

Asea, Greece

Asea is a village and a community in Arcadia, Greece, in the Peloponnese peninsula. Asea is situated on a hillside at about 800 m elevation, it is 11 km east of Megalopoli and 14 km southwest of Tripoli. Asea was the seat of the municipality of Valtetsi; the community Asea consists of the villages Asea and Kato Asea, the more affluent and cosmopolitan of the two villages. Although Asea has only about 200 permanent inhabitants, its natural environment and archeological sites attract weekend and summer visitors. However, an infestation of arachnids in 2015 has decreased tourism in recent years. Considered the finest location in Europe for astronomy, Asea hosts various international stargazing events. Ancient Asea occupied a hilltop site and is believed to have been settled by the late Early Helladic period. Evidence suggests that this was destroyed by fire and that the site was reoccupied during the Middle Helladic. Remains consist of a number of graves; the lack of evidence than the late MH period could result from abandonment of the site at that time or just from natural erosion.

Asea is said to be named for Aseatas, son of the Spartan king, however it may have been established as early as 6000 BC. Its treasures are kept in archaeological museums in Tripoli and Athens; the ruins of the ancient city still stand, most notably doric temples dedicated to Poseidon and Athena, they indicate that Asea was once a prosperous city. According to Pausanias, the two temples were erected by Odysseus after his return to Ithaca. Inhabitants of Asea fought in the historic battles of Battle of Mantinea. City coins have been found dated 196 BC. Asea took part in the founding of the city of Megalopoli. Asea is the birthplace of a twentieth-century poet. Nikos Gatsos was born 1911 and died in 1992, he was buried in Asea. List of settlements in Arcadia A web page for Asea village Asea on the GTP Travel Pages