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Ida Lupino

Hard, Fast and Beautiful

A fraught mother-daughter relationship is excellently brought to life by Claire Trevor and Sally Forrest.

Mia Bays from Birds Eye View will now introduce the screening of The Hitch-Hiker on 12 June instead of the screening of Hard, Fast and Beautiful on 13 June. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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USA 1951
Dir Ida Lupino
With Claire Trevor, Sally Forrest, Carleton Young, Robert Clarke
78min
16mm collection print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive
Certificate U

This account of a fraught mother-daughter relationship may not be as caustic as Mildred Pierce, but with Claire Trevor highly persuasive as a domineering woman pursuing – and profiting from – her ambitions for her daughter on the competitive tennis circuit, the film is pleasingly devoid of sentimentality. The tennis sequences are well handled, and the performances by the two leads carry the day.


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