While in this business we tend to focus on the art and the craft involved with making a piece of cinema, sometimes you can’t help but take a moment to focus on some of the unique personalities over the years that have kept us coming back to those darkened movie houses over and over again.
From this Friday August 4th until Saturday September 2nd the TIFF Bell Lightbox is running a retrospective of the work of someone who was one of the top stars of the 1940’s and in a move unheard of for her time she went behind the camera to tell some challenging stories that were just as bold as some of the characters she portrayed in front of the camera.
Ida Lupino: Independent Woman is only just a cross section of the films that made her this iconic personality both on and off the screen. Working as one of the only (if not the only) female director/producer in the 1950’s Hollywood system she got the unique opportunity at that time to push boundaries like no other woman in Tinseltown had done before her.
Films like The Big Knife directed by Robert Aldrich, High Sierra directed by Raoul Walsh and co-starring Humphrey Bogart and Road House with Richard Widmark established her with a no nonsense femme fatale attitude in this stories that were just dripping with pulp and intrigue and they allowed her to hold her own if only to show that the ladies belong in these character laden stories with just as much responsibility and depth of performance as the fellas get to play with..
With several screenings introduced by TIFF Cinematheque’s own Jesse Wente these screenings will provide even more depth and detail into how important of a figure Ida Lupino truly was in the world of cinema. That couldn’t be any truer then it is with a film like The Hitch-hiker that she directed in co-wrote back in 1953 as it is a seminal piece of film noir that holds up right alongside and even surpasses many of the greats in the genre.
As we approach the eve of the festival of festivals that tends to send not only the film world but the entire town into a bit of a frenzy, make a little time this August to go and check out some of what made Ida Lupino such an iconic and independent woman.
For more info and ticket details you can visit TIFF right here.