Quick! Name a female director in Hollywood. Yes, there are a handful of very good ones, and their ranks are finally growing, but to think that '40s bombshell Ida Lupino took her first turn behind the cameras in 1949 is a revelation in mid-century feminism that gives new meaning to the term "chick flick." One of her first films as a director, 1950's Outrage, which deals with rape and which she also co-wrote, was the first in a series of woman-made movies screen this month at the Denver Central Library under the mantle of Ch'telaine: Women Directors in Film. A worthwhile glorification of women's contributions to the art of filmmaking, the series is hosted by film-meister Walter Chaw as part of the Denver Public Library's Fresh City Life program.
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"She had to really struggle with the creative side of her life," says Fresh City Life director Chris Loffelmacher of Lupino, adding that she is a personal favorite of Chaw's. "In terms of women making inroads, Ida was a trailblazer. She definitely knew how to swing a camera."
Outrage kicked off the 6 p.m. series in August in the library's lower level B2 Conference Center, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway; continuing films include Lynne Ramsay's Ratcatcher (Sept. 6), Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation (Sept. 13) and Jane Campion's Bright Star (Sept. 20) follow on subsequent Tuesdays through September 20. Admission is free; visit denverlibrary.org/fresh or call 720-865-1206 for more information.
Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. Starts: Aug. 23. Continues through Sept. 20, 2011