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By Amelie Hastie

Directed by means of the actor/filmmaker Ida Lupino, The Bigamist (1953) is the tale of Harry Graham, a salesperson traveling among cities and wives.  In its portrayal of Harry’s "double life," the movie takes on a double lifetime of its personal, soaring because it does among genres. Telling the tale via Harry’s voice-over, but eschewing the long-lasting personality of the femme fatale, Lupino’s movie finds and recasts movie noir as male melodrama par excellence. In its rendering of this emotionally paralysed guy, capable in basic terms to bare the reality of his duplicity to us, the movie viewers, The Bigamist is an engaging examine of the post-War male.

A collaborative affair, The Bigamist used to be written and produced by means of Lupino’s ex-husband Collier younger and co-starred his present spouse, Joan Fontaine, as bride number 1. The final of six motion pictures that Lupino directed for the self reliant creation corporation that she co-founded, The Filmakers, it used to be significantly the single movie of its interval with a lady director who additionally performed a starring role.

Amelie Hastie explores the movie within the context of self sustaining Hollywood, at a time whilst the studio procedure used to be commencing to dissolve, and as a remark at the fraught establishment of marriage.  She additionally considers The Bigamist in relation to Lupino’s own history.  Lupino used to be considered one of purely ladies contributors of the administrators’ Guild of the United States within the classical Hollywood period, and The Bigamist, Hastie argues, unearths a number of lines of Lupino’s reports of operating as either director and actress within the motion picture enterprise.

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