How Did Ida Lupino Changed Film History?

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Introduction Having a career that spanned decades and a legacy that broke through boundaries for women and men alike, both in front and behind the camera, Ida Lupino assiduously changed film history. Hailing from a long linage of performers that endured for centuries, Lupino knew from birth she was destined for fame. By the time she was fourteen she was already acting in movies, accumulating vast experience and working for a Hollywood studio at the peak of their popularity in 1933. However, Lupino did not have an easy start. When first working in America, Lupino, an England native, was hired by Warner Bros. in mainly B-movies. Headstrong and passionate about her art, Lupino knew she was worth more and would frequently turn down roles, or…show more content…
Not Wanted proved to be a success for Emerald Productions, gaining respect for Lupino as a director. The success of the film helped to introduce the opportunity of a slew of films produced and written by Lupino that dealt with important feminist issues, a reoccurring motif in most of her films. By 1950 Lupino became the second woman, after Dorothy Izner in 1938, to join the Screen Directors Guild, making her the only woman to be in the union at that time, as stated in the documentary, Through the Lens, out of the thirteen hundred members of the Screen Directors Guild, all but two were…show more content…
The movie is also categorized as a Film Noir, having Lupino be the femme fatale, or the "other woman" to an already married man. Although the performances were top-of-the-line, the film, as Dixon (1996) suggests has a, "lack of visceral energy" (p. 14-22). The Bigamist was the last film Lupino made for five years, having to act in some unwanted roles to make ends meet for her now third husband, Howard Duff and their daughter. Lupino's next artistic move was to join the ever-growing world of television, directing over two hundred episodes of popular television shows like Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Untouchables, Giligan's Island and Bonanza. Most commonly overlooked, Lupino's television work has just come to light and is being celebrated within the last twenty years. Although her third marriage fell apart, the strains of her personal life and career resulted in heavy drinking and pill addiction, Lupino continued to direct and act well into the late 1970s, leaving a stunning legacy of works for generations to come. She passed away in August of

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