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THE HITCH-HIKER: Part 2 of 3-film series

Center for Creative Photography, October 10 @ 6:00pm

On the Road with Women Independent Directors, a three-part film series presented by the Hanson FilmTV Institute and the Center for Creative Photography, continues with a screening of 1953’s The Hitch-Hiker, directed by Ida Lupino. The screening will be introduced by Dr. Joshua Gleich, Assistant Professor, School of Theatre, Film, and Television.

Beyond its obvious cultural significance as the only classic film noir directed by a woman (actress Ida Lupino), THE HITCH-HIKER is perhaps better remembered as simply one of the most nightmarish motion pictures of the 1950s. Inspired by the true-life murder spree of Billy Cook, THE HITCH-HIKER is the tension-laden saga of two men on a camping trip (Edmond O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy) who are held captive by a homicidal drifter (William Talman). He forces them, at gunpoint, to embark on a grim joyride across the Mexican desert. Renegade filmmaking at its finest, THE HITCH-HIKER was independently produced, which allowed Lupino and ex-husband/producer Collier Young to work from a treatment by blacklisted writer Daniel Mainwaring, and tackle an incident that was too brutal for the major studios to even consider. Kino Lorber

When: Wednesday October 10 at 6:00pm
Admission: Free
This film series is supported in part by the University of Arizona School of Theatre, Film & Television and the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies.


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