Irish Film Institute -IDA LUPINO: OUTRAGE


Director: Ida Lupino

75 mins, USA, 1950, 35mm, Subtitled

This film screened 3rd March 2018.

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

With the weakening of the Hays Code in the late 1940s, Hollywood was once again able to tackle more taboo topics. Outrage was, along with Johnny Belinda (Jean Negulesco, 1948), one of the first films to tackle the subject of rape and its aftermath.

Happy, successful Ann (Mala Powers) is assaulted following work. In the days that follow, she comes to feel increasingly alienated, despite the support of her family and friends. Convinced she is the subject of gossip and judgement, a particularly ham-fisted police investigation causes her to flee to Los Angeles, where another attempted assault brings consequences for Ann. In many ways a film of its time, there are nevertheless elements of the film that remain distressingly pertinent.

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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