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Beyond the Canon: The Hitch-Hiker + Badlands

 
 
Sat, Feb 22, 2020
  • 7PM
 
 
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Part of Film series Beyond the Canon
 
The Hitch-Hiker

Dir. Ida Lupino
1953, 71min, DCP
With Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman

 

The only woman to work as a director in the Hollywood studio system of the 1950s, actress-turned-filmmaker Ida Lupino crafted one of the most potent noirs of the era. In this masterfully taut, hauntingly creepy thriller, a fishing trip becomes a nightmare for two men when they give a lift to the wrong guy. Based on the story of a notorious real-life serial killer, this tough-as-nails crime drama conjures a mood of steadily mounting dread that never lets up.

 
Badlands

Dir. Terrence Malick
1973, 94min, 35mm
With Martin Sheen, Sissy Spacek, Warren Oates

 

In his revelatory debut feature, Terrence Malick transformed a shocking 1950s true crime saga into sublime pulp poetry as Sissy Spacek’s baton-twirling South Dakota teen joins up with Martin Sheen’s troubled greaser for a cross country joyride that soon turns deadly. Set against the mythic landscapes of the Midwest, Badlands is both a one-of-a-kind couple-on-the-run neo-noir and a cosmic meditation on the American Dream.

 
 
 
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Beyond the Canon: The Hitch-Hiker + Badlands

Badlands works as an appropriate title for both films; Emmett's piecemeal journey of terror across America could have crossed paths with Kit and Holly's own bloody spree in the Heartland, but Lupino's film is an altogether less romantic one: there's no love interest, none of Badlands' tenderness in The Hitch-Hiker.



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