The Director

Ida Lupino: The Director

Celebrate the centenary of Hollywood trailblazer Ida Lupino (1918-1995) with newly-restored versions of three of her films as director: Not Wanted (1949), The Hitch-Hiker (1953) and The Bigamist (1953).

“People are tired of having the wool pulled over their eyes. They pay out good money for their theatre tickets and they want something in return. They want realism. And you can’t be realistic with the same glamorous muggs on the screen all the time.”
– Ida Lupino

“[The Hitch-Hiker is] a brutal story handled by Ms. Lupino, one of Hollywood’s very few female directors, with the same steely determination and emotional sensitivity found in her strongest performances.”
– J. Hoberman, The New York Times

Ida Lupino, The Director: The Hitch-Hiker

Two men on a fishing trip pick up a psychopathic fugitive with an intense hatred of humanity in this relentlessly suspenseful thriller directed by Ida Lupino and written by Daniel Mainwaring (Invasion of the Body Snatchers). Ray Collins (Edmund O'Brien) and Gilbert Bowen (Frank Lovejoy) are on their way to a relaxing weekend on the lake when they make the fateful mistake of giving a ride to Emmett Myers (William Tallman), a ruthless killer on the run from the cops....
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Ida Lupino, The Director: The Bigamist

The title character is Edmond O'Brien, a lonely travelling salesman who ends up married to two women, Eve (Joan Fontaine)--and Phyllis (Ida Lupino). Eventually, of course, the truth comes out. Directed by costar Ida Lupino, The Bigamist manages to evoke a certain amount of sympathy for Edmond O'Brien, without in any way advocating or excusing his lifestyle. Directed by Ida Lupino....
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