MoMA Presents

Ida Lupino’s Never Fear (The Young Lovers)

Jan 25–31, 2019

Never Fear (The Young Lovers). 1950. USA. Directed by Ida Lupino. Courtesy Eagle-Lion Films/Photofest

Bringing To Save and Project to a dramatic close, MoMA presents the world premiere theatrical run of Ida Lupino’s Never Fear (aka The Young Lovers) (1950), newly restored from the original camera and soundtrack negatives in its own archives. With the polio epidemic striking terror in the hearts of millions—in 1949, it caused more than 2,700 deaths in the US alone—Ida Lupino made this semi-autobiographical melodrama about a dancer-choreographer (Sally Forrest) who struggles to overcome the disease that has crippled her body and her confidence. The film’s unusually hard-eyed realism was born of Lupino’s own dark memories of polio as an aspiring teenage actress, as well as her use of documentary locations and nonprofessional actors—most tenderly in the famous wheelchair square dance filmed (by veteran John Ford cinematographer Archie Stout) with actual rehab patients at the Kabat-Kaiser Institute in Santa Monica.

Organized by Joshua Siegel, Curator, Department of Film, The Museum of Modern Art. Special thanks to Cindi Rowell, Julia Mettenleiter, and Olivia Predite.

Support for the exhibition is provided by the Annual Film Fund. Leadership support for the Annual Film Fund is provided by the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation and Steven Tisch, with major contributions from Jo Carole and Ronald S. Lauder, Association of Independent Commercial Producers (AICP), Yuval Brisker Charitable Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Inc., of Houston, Marlene Hess and James D. Zirin, Karen and Gary Winnick, and The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art.


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