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Ida Lupino

The Bigamist

Edmond O’Brien plays a man who loves two very different women.

Image from The Bigamist

USA 1953
Dir Ida Lupino
With Edmond O’Brien, Ida Lupino, Joan Fontaine, Edmund Gwenn
83min
35mm preservation print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation funding provided by The Film Foundation and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Certificate PG

Refusing to demonise the titular protagonist (O’Brien) as a stereotypically scheming villain, Lupino chose instead to explore the more intriguing situation of a fundamentally decent man who happens to love two seemingly very different women: a homebody (Lupino) and an outgoing professional (Fontaine). Eschewing melodrama and facile moral judgements, the film is psychologically and emotionally astute, its low-key realism complemented by George Diskant’s fine camerawork.

The screening on Tuesday 19 June will be introduced by film writer Sophie Monks Kaufman.


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