Hard, Fast and Beautiful

1951, 79m, 16mm, U.S.

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Screened October 2, 2017

Part of the program

Already successful as an actress in Hollywood, UK-born Ida Lupino pushed aside barriers to become a film director within the studio system — and not to give just herself better roles. Taking on a familial dynamic in the rarely depicted world of women’s tennis, Lupino deployed recent Oscar winner Claire Trevor as a mother living through her prodigy daughter (Sally Forrest) rather unhealthily. The physical and emotional strains on the younger woman are vividly realized in both the match scenes and at-home ones.

Print courtesy of the UCLA Film & Television Archive

Join filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor Serge Bozon (La France) for his first viewing (and a post-film discussion) shortly following the premiere of his new film Mrs. Hyde starring Isabelle Huppert at the New York Film Festival.

A film by Ida Lupino