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Ida Lupino

The Bigamist

+ intro by film writer Sophie Monks Kaufman

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

Image from The Bigamist + intro by film writer Sophie Monks Kaufman

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.

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