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Ida Lupino: Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Star

June 2018

Marvel at the many talents of Ida Lupino; more than just a movie star.

Introduction by season programmer Geoff Andrew

Ida Lupino: Actor, Director, Writer, Producer, Star


“I’d love to see more women working as directors and producers. Today, it’s almost impossible to do it unless you are an actress or writer with power...”
Ida Lupino

A versatile actor, Ida Lupino always resisted stereotyping – to the point of writing, directing and producing her own films. Though born into a British theatrical family – she appeared in her first movies while in her teens – it was only when she moved to Hollywood, and especially Warner Bros, that Lupino found stardom, sharing lead credits with Humphrey Bogart, Edward G Robinson and John Garfield. But she often rejected roles offered her, and in the late 40s set up her own production company, becoming for many years Hollywood’s sole female director. Though much of her work concerns the plight of women, it would be inadequate to pigeonhole her simply as a ‘proto-feminist’ filmmaker; The Bigamist and The Hitch-Hiker display a sharp grasp of male psychology. Later, Lupino moved into television, leaving behind a rich body of cinematic work, highlights of which are presented in this season.


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