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Hard, Fast and Beautiful!

Ida Lupino, USA 1951, 78’
Outrage The Hitch-Hiker

A melodrama about a mother and a daughter entangled in a dream of an athletic career. Teenage Florence (Sally Forrest) is a tennis prodigy. Her frustrated mother (Claire Trevor) sees her daughter’s talent as a chance to change their lives. She could finally escape her boring middle-class existence, while the daughter could climb up the social ladder and join the elite of professional sportspeople. Meddling in the girl’s life and manipulating the girl’s managers, she puts Flo’s career onto new tracks. As it turns out, though, Flo hopes for something more than sport results. The movie protagonist is a typical teenager who slowly but surely loses her childhood trust in her mother and grows up to take independent decisions. At the same time, what Florence shares with the other Lupinian ‘nice girls’ is a sincere but naive belief in true love. Sports turn out to be another corrupt game adults play. The parents are nothing else but prisoners of two typical postwar roles, that of a bored housewife and that of a failing breadwinner. 

Monika Talarczyk
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Fr 12 Nov, 12:45knh 2
Su 14 Nov, 18:45knh 2
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Ida Lupino

Ida Lupino (1918–1995) was born into a British artistic family. She began her acting career when still a teenager, which gave her very early insight into the mechanisms that drive Hollywood. She got her big break in noir productions starring opposite Humphrey Bogart in They Drive by Night (1940) and High Sierra (1941). At 32, she gave up a lucrative studio contract and founded the independent label "The Filmakers" with two friends, which produced twelve feature films. Lupine directed or co-directed six of the films, she wrote the scripts for five, and starred in three.

Selected filmography

1949 Niechciane / Not Wanted

1950 Pokonać lęk / Never Fear

1950 Zniewaga / Outrage

1951 Wygrać siebie / Hard, Fast and Beautiful!

1953 Autostopowicz / The Hitch-Hiker

1953 Bigamista / The Bigamist

Cast & Crew

director Ida Lupino
screenplay Martha Wilkerson (based on John R. Tunis' novel)
cinematography Archie Stout
editing George C. Shrader, William H. Ziegler
music Roy Webb
cast Claire Trevor, Sally Forrest, Carleton G. Young
producer Collier Young
production The Filmakers
language English
coloration b&w
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