Movie Madness University: Online is a virtual education program from the Hollywood Theatre and Movie Madness, featuring lectures and discussions hosted by film experts. Your only homework is to find and watch the film beforehand!
THE HITCH-HIKER (1953)
Thursday, June 17, 7:30pm
hosted by Ted Hurliman
Written and directed by Hollywood iconoclast Ida Lupino, THE HITCH-HIKER tells the chilling story of two men on a fishing trip who are abducted by a murderous hitchhiker. Forced to help their captor evade the law, the men embark on a harrowing road trip across California and Mexico.
In this MMU Online seminar, Hollywood Theatre programmer Ted Hurliman (Cinema Classics, Foreign Affairs) will discuss Lupino’s career and path to the director’s chair; the noir tradition she’s working in with THE HITCH-HIKER; and the film’s themes, production, and reception.
MMU Online has covered a wide range of films and topics, with instructors and special guests that run the gamut of film professions. Past instructors and guests include Hollywood programmers Dan Halsted and Anthony Hudson (Queer Horror), writer Robin Schiff (ROMY & MICHELE'S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION), author and film critic Shawn Levy, and filmmakers Peter Bogdanovich, John Sayles, and Joe Dante.
Find all past MMU events here (Hollywood and Movie Madness Members can watch recordings of past events for free!)
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What is MMU Online?
Movie Madness University Online is the Hollywood Theatre's virtual education program, featuring lectures and interactive discussions about some of your favorite films. You can find past MMU events here (Hollywood and Movie Madness Members can watch recordings of past events for free!)
How does it work?
1) Purchase a ticket. With your purchase, you will receive access to a pre-recorded lecture to watch on your own.
2) Find and watch the film. Please note that MMU is not offering direct access to any films. All MMU featured films are available to rent on major VOD services for under $5. Contact us if you have difficulty finding a title.
3) Submit questions in advance. Email us any questions you’d like the instructor to answer! You’ll also have the opportunity to ask questions during the seminar, but giving us some advance notice helps us better prepare.
4) Join us for a virtual discussion, where our instructor will discuss the film in more detail and answer your questions. You will receive a link to the discussion when you buy a ticket.
Do you offer scholarships?
We are committed to making our education offerings as accessible as possible. If cost is a barrier, please fill out this form to receive a 50% off tuition waiver. For content considerations or information about age appropriateness, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.