The Hitch-Hiker

US 1953 | 71 Min | DCP
Metro Historisch
Fr, 20.09. | 20:30
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Ida Lupino was one of only two women to develop a significant filmmaking career in classical Hollywood. Here, she co-writes and directs what is arguably the first woman-directed horror film. The Hitch-Hiker is often classified as film noir, but it has striking horror elements. Essentially a three-hander road movie, two men pick up a hitchhiker in the desert, who turns out to be a serial killer, sadistic and shrewd. The killer’s determination to outrun the police offers almost unbearable tension, while his enjoyment at psychologically torturing his companions creates a perpetual undercurrent of dread and anxiety. With a different score, no-one would consider this as anything but smart, stripped-back, and suspenseful horror.

Ida Lupino
(*1918; ✝1995) was an English-American actress, singer, director, and producer. With her independent production company, she co-wrote and co-produced several social-message films. Throughout her 48-year career, she made acting appearances in 59 films and directed eight others. She also directed more than 100 episodes of television productions in a variety of genres including westerns, supernatural tales, and comedies.
Language eOV
Director Ida Lupino
Cast Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman
Writer Collier Young, Ida Lupino, Robert L. Joseph
Editing Douglas Stewart
Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
Metro Historisch
Fr, 20.09. | 20:30