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Published on Jul 14, 2016
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Born into a family whose theatrical pedigree extended as far back as Renaissance Italy, Ida Lupino was a vaudevillian from birth, a Royal Academy Of Dramatic Arts trained actress by 13 and a contract player at Paramount by age 15. Hollywood had no idea what to do with the willowy, big-eyed beauty so she mostly spent the first ten years of her film career bouncing around, changing hair colors and reading bad scripts. In 1939 she forced her way into director William Wellman’s office and demanded to read for him. The rest was history. No longer just a decorative love interest, she proved in the films of the ‘40s that she was just as tough and talented as her co-stars, and, considering those co-stars were people like Humphrey Bogart and John Garfield, that’s a major statement. By 1949 Lupino was also producing, writing and directing films. This series presents a selection of three of Lupino’s best starring performances and, significantly, a rare 35mm print from the Library Of Congress of THE HITCHHIKER (1953), which she co-wrote and directed and is considered the first film noir directed by a woman.