Directed by Ida Lupino
Best known as an actress, British-American screen star Ida Lupino (1918–1995) was also a pioneering filmmaker; she and Dorothy Arzner were the only female members of the Directors Guild of America during the classic studio era of the 1930s to the 1950s. Co-founder (with her husband) of the independent production company the Filmakers [sic], Lupino helmed low-budget movies addressing sensitive issues that Hollywood shunned (rape, bigamy, out-of-wedlock pregnancy). In the process, she achieved some notable “firsts,” including “first woman to direct a film noir” (The Hitch-Hiker) and “first woman to direct herself” (The Bigamist). We mark the centennial of Lupino’s birth with three of the best movies she directed. Each film $10, CMA members $7.
The rape of an innocent bookkeeper—and its aftermath—are powerfully depicted in this groundbreaking social drama that was years ahead of its time.
In this tense, taut thriller, two fishing buddies pick up a hitcher who turns out to be a psychopathic killer. The first noir movie directed by a woman may also be Lupino’s masterpiece.
A traveling salesman loves two women who each offer him something the other can’t. This provocative drama marks the only time Lupino directed herself in a movie.