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Hard, Fast and Beautiful

1951

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  • The conflict between romantic daughter and dominant mother provides the film’s powerful centre, and is contrasted with the father’s (Kenneth Patterson) decay: sidelined by his bossy wife at the beginning, he slowly succumbs to sickness.

  • The drama spotlights the price that love, in a time of unquestioned inequities, exacts. Florence seems truly free only when she’s competing on the tennis court, and Lupino films her with thrilling, kinetic angles that suggest the real meaning of her amateur status—doing what she loves, for its own sake.

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