Irish Film Institute -IDA LUPINO: NEVER FEAR


Director: Ida Lupino

82 mins, USA, 1949, 35mm, Black and White

This film screened 10th March 2018.

This film is F-Rated. Find out more here.

Lupino’s first official film as director, following uncredited work on 1949’s Not Wanted when original director Elmer Clifton suffered a heart attack, also saw her receive credits for writing and producing, an extremely rare feat for a woman in Hollywood at the time (and indeed, since).

Carol (Sally Forrest) has just become engaged to Guy (Keefe Brasselle), with whom she performs as a professional dancer, when she is suddenly struck down with polio. Facing a long period of rehabilitation, she pushes Guy away, preferring to face what may come alone and make her own decisions about her future. Informed by Lupino’s own experience of contracting the disease, from which she almost completely recovered, this is a sensitive look at issues surrounding disability.

Screening as part of a season dedicated to the groundbreaking work of Ida Lupino, from March 7th to 25th 2018 at the Irish Film Institute. Click here for details of the full season.

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