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The Hitch-Hiker - Wellington Film Society


Tue 24 Oct 2017, 6:15pm–7:35pm

Where: Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, 55 Cable Street, Wellington

Restrictions: M

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Ida Lupino, USA 1953
Rating: M

By the late 1940s, the superb, husky-voiced noir actress Ida Lupino was growing restless, tired of standing around on set while, in her words, "someone else seemed to be doing all the interesting work."

In 1949, she formed Filmmakers, her own production company, with her second husband; over the next few years, Lupino helmed a handful of socially conscious melodramas.

But she was just as adept in films about psychopaths, as is amply evident in The Hitch-Hiker (1953), Lupino's finest work as auteur. This taut desert noir — one with no femme, fatale or otherwise — tracks two buddies en route to a fishing trip in Mexico who unknowingly pick up a palsy-eyed murderer.

The vast expanses of arid landscape, where captor and captives bunk for the night, are just as confining as the automobile they're stuck in.

Melissa Anderson, Village Voice.

Preceded by: 'Weekly Review #398, Circus Roundabout' (1949) - Margaret S. Thomson, New Zealand, 8 minutes

Home life in the caravans and working life in 'the big top' of a circus company on tour in New Zealand's country districts.

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