Friday, 30 June 2017

Capital Celluloid 2017 - Day 194: Sat Jul 15

The Hitch-Hiker (Lupino, 1953): Close-Up Cinema, 7.30pm

This 35mm screening is part of Close-Up Cinema's 'On the Road' season. You can find all the details of the season here.

Time Out review:
Although made in the same year as Ida Lupino's impressive weepie The Bigamist, this inhabits a totally different universe. Two men on a fishing trip pick up a mass-murdering hitcher (William Talman), and are forced at gunpoint to drive him through Mexico until the fatal moment when he no longer needs them. Absolutely assured in her creation of the bleak, noir atmosphere - whether in the claustrophobic confines of the car, or lost in the arid expanses of the desert - Lupino never relaxes the tension for one moment. Yet her emotional sensitivity is also upfront: charting the changes in the menaced men's relationship as they bicker about how to deal with their captor, stressing that only through friendship can they survive. Taut, tough, and entirely without macho-glorification, it's a gem, with first-class performances from its three protagonists, deftly characterised without resort to cliché.
Geoff Andrew

Here (and above) is an extract.

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