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still from The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino, US 1953)

The Hitch-Hiker

Ida Lupino / US, 1953 / 71 min.

Two friends out on a fishing trip are taken hostage by a killer in this nerve-wracking thriller, the first American film noir by a female filmmaker.

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Actress Lupino was the star of High Sierra and debuted in 1949 as a director, Hollywood’s sole female filmmaker. Only a single film in the classic canon of 1940s and 1950s Hollywood films noirs was directed by a woman and that is Lupino's The Hitch-Hiker.

Double bill: Detour + The Hitch-Hiker

Hitch-hiking, dangerous or not? The worst-case scenario is exemplified in Detour and The Hitch-Hiker. On 3 July, both films will be introduced by Leo van Hee (programmer Eye). In the break between the two, you can have dinner at Eye Bar Restaurant (book your table online).

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Ida Lupino

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The Hitch-Hiker


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Film Noir

Rain-drenched streets, curls of cigarette smoke, and men with a dark past. An inescapable fate and a femme fatale, sly and sexually independent. This summer Eye is presenting an extended programme of classic film noir, featuring masterpieces such as The Third Man and In a Lonely Place starring Humphrey Bogart. With vintage 35mm prints and newly restored works.

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still from The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino, US 1953)
still from The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino, US 1953)

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