Ida Lupino: Mother Directs
August 26–September 20, 2010
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Soon thereafter Lupino established her own production company, The Filmmakers, and from 1949 to 1966 she nurtured a successful dual career as an A-list actress and a pioneering filmmaker dedicated to the production of films investigating the social condition of women in contemporary society. Lupino—who referred to herself as Mother on set and had a director’s chair with “Mother of Us All” embroidered on the back—commenced a directorial career at a time when Hollywood was unaccustomed to women powerbrokers. The American cinema of the late 1940s was booming with directors like Samuel Fuller and Nicholas Ray, who were attracted to stories about thorny social issues and ordinary folk. These narratives fascinated Lupino, who later made half a dozen films focusing on topics once considered taboo for the commercial film industry—unwanted pregnancy, polio, bigamy, and women competing in a world of men. Ida Lupino: Mother Directs presents select films from 1949 through 1966, when she managed to brilliantly balance careers in front of and behind the camera. All films are form the U.S.