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Weekend Classics: Ida Lupino at 100

Weekend Classics: Ida Lupino at 100

Born into a famous British theatrical family and living in Hollywood by 23, Ida Lupino struck a keen balance between her acting ambitions—working with the likes of Raoul Walsh and Humphrey Bogart, among others—and her desire to get behind the camera. Suspended from an acting contract with Warner Bros, Lupino created The Filmakers (sic), an independent production company formed with writer-producer-husband Collier Young that allowed her to tackle serious and taboo themes, or - as described by frequent associate/writer Malvin Wald - “pictures of a sociological nature to appeal to older people who usually stay away from theaters.” While Lupino would work the rest of her life, and primarily in television, the films she made in the 40s and 50s—both in front of and behind the cameras—cemented her reputation as a true maverick.

“I see myself, in the years ahead, directing or producing or both. I see myself developing new talent, which would be furiously interesting for me. For I love talent. Love to watch it. Love to help it. Am more genuinely interested in the talent of others than I am in my own.” —Ida Lupino (1945)

"A woman of extraordinary talents, and one of those talents was directing. Her considerable accomplishments as a filmmaker...represent a singular achievement in American cinema." —Martin Scorsese (1995)

Upcoming Screenings

OUTRAGE

OUTRAGE

Ida Lupino directed, co-wrote and produced this searing drama about a young woman whose life is shattered when she is raped on her way home from work. 35mm print courtesy of the British Film Institute (BFI)

THE BIGAMIST

THE BIGAMIST

Edmond O'Brien, Joan Fontaine and Ida Lupino star in this surprisingly sympathetic portrait of an ordinary salesman whose circumstances find him secretly married to two women; an upper-crust lady and a tough-talking waitress.

ON DANGEROUS GROUND (preceded by The Twilight Zone:

ON DANGEROUS GROUND (preceded by The Twilight Zone: "The Masks")

In this Thanksgiving weekend pairing, Ida Lupino directs (and co-directs respectively) a famous slice of late-era Twilight Zone, as well as Nicholas Ray’s early film noir from some 13 years earlier, in which she stars as a blind woman protecting her accused handicapped brother from a prying big city detective. Episode from The Twilight Zone – Courtesy of CBS Broadcasting, Inc.

HIGH SIERRA

HIGH SIERRA

Roy Earle (Humphrey Bogart) barely has a chance to savor his freedom before learning that his release from prison has been arranged in exchange for his help in a high-stakes jewelry heist. Co-stars Ida Lupino as his much wiser moll.

THE HITCH-HIKER

THE HITCH-HIKER

Inspired by the true-life murder spree of Billy Cook, Ida Lupino’s 1953 film is a tension-laden saga of two men on a camping trip (Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) who are held captive by a homicidal drifter (William Talman).

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