IDA LUPINO: THE HITCH-HIKER

Ida Lupino

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Marking yet another occasion when Lupino’s career broke new ground, The Hitch-Hiker is widely regarded as the first film noir directed by a woman.

Inspired by the facts around the real-life case of killer Billy Cook, it stars Edmond O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy as two men whose act of kindness is punished when they are forced to aid a sadistic psychopath attempting to elude authorities following a killing spree. As the murderer pushes to its limits a friendship he cannot understand, Lupino creates a bleak, tense atmosphere, expanding on the genre’s claustrophobic nature by shooting largely on location in the open desert.

Screening as part of a season dedicated to the groundbreaking work of Ida Lupino, from March 7th to 25th 2018 at the Irish Film Institute. Click here for details of the full season.

71 mins, USA, 1953, 35mm, Black and White

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