Ida Lupino: Hollywood Indie

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Friday, August 20, 2010

In a confluence of culture, the upcoming U.S. Open tennis tournament is overlapping with a Festival of Films by actress-director Ida Lupino. As a result, WNYC’s Sara Fishko can’t stop thinking about a certain Ida Lupino this edition of the Fishko Files...


"I never met Ida Lupino , but I always wanted to. Her tough, emotional acting is well remembered, but her considerable accomplishments as a film maker are largely forgotten. She was a true pioneer; the six films she directed between 1949 and 1953 are remarkable chamber pieces that deal with challenging subjects in a clear, almost documentary fashion, and are a singular achievement in American cinema."

-Martin Scorsese, from his obituary on Lupino, "The Lives They Lived: Ida Lupino; Behind the Camera, a Feminist"
New York Times Magazine; December 31, 1995.

Ida Lupino's Hard, Fast and Beautiful is a melodrama that takes place on the tennis court. For some real-life drama surrounding the sport, tune in to the U.S. Open, which begins on Monday, August 30. To see the full schedule, click here.

For more of Ida Lupino's work, visit The Museum of Modern Art's film exhibition, "Ida Lupino: Mother Directs," which runs from August 26 to September 20. MoMA will screen Hard, Fast and Beautiful on Saturday, August 28 and Sunday, September 5.

For more from the speakers featured in this installment of The Fishko Files...



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Sara Fishko

Comments [4]

@M. Lore from Brooklyn Thank you - we're very grateful that you brought this to our attention! We're updating the radio piece to include a selection from "Road House," featuring Ida Lupino's true singing voice. Thanks, again.

Aug. 30 2010 04:52 PM
M. Lore from Brooklyn

I always enjoy your pieces, Sara, as I did this, very much - thanks for it. One correction, though: That's not Ida Lupino singing "The Man I Love"; it's Peg LaCentra, who was one of many dubbers in Hollywood in the 40s/50s who sometimes took on the singing for the leads. Ida did sing her own songs in "Road House," including "One More for My Baby (and One More for the Road)" - also totally wonderful. Peg LaCentra had her own singing career, including her own show on NBC in 1939, and died in 1996 at age 86.

Aug. 20 2010 09:20 AM
Ally Acker from New York

Great piece, Sara! Thanks for doing it. Just want to emphasize that with all her television work, Ida Lupino still holds the crown as the most prolific female filmmaker in the world.

Aug. 20 2010 08:53 AM
Cynthia Cohen from NYC

Thank you for the story on my favorite all-time actress! I remember well Four Star Theater, which she developed with three other actors, as well as her amazing presence in so many films. I will look forward to seeing her in these films again!

Aug. 20 2010 08:01 AM

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