About Ida Lupino: Through The Lens
She’s best known today as a femme fatale of 1940s films, but Ida Lupino is actually one of the most transformative women in Hollywood history. Born to a family with a long performing arts history, the British actress made her first movie appearances in the early 1930s. In the late ‘40s she added directing to her resume, at a time when women directors were scarce.
“She knew how to write a film, produce it, and direct it,” friend Roddy McDowall recalled. “(But) Ida had to fight for everything.”
In 1950 she become the only working women in the Screen Directors Guild. Next came producing, and a series of controversial, socially conscious projects. Later, she transitioned to TV, becoming the only women to direct an episode of The Twilight Zone. But her role as a trailblazer was hindered by a drinking problem that nearly destroyed her.
This retrospective includes interviews with friends, family, and co-stars, as well as rare clips from her films and TV shows.
Notable guest stars: Gena Rowlands, Roddy McDowall, Vincent Sherman, Mala Powers, Bridget Duff, Mary Ann Anderson
Produced and directed by Torrie Rosenzweig
Narrated by Peter Graves