Outrage

Screening on Film
Directed by Ida Lupino.
With Mala Powers, Tod Andrews, Robert Clarke.
US, 1950, 35mm, black & white, 75 min.
Print source: National Audiovisual Institute, Finland

Best known as an actress, Ida Lupino was also an accomplished, daring filmmaker. In 1949 she established, with her then-husband Collier Young, the production company The Filmakers, which offered her the freedom to develop her own projects. As an independent producer, director and screenwriter, she created a number of low-budget melodramas focused on women and how women confront the moral vigor of society. Recently preserved by Paramount Pictures, Outrage is the second feature by Lupino—she was not credited for her debut Not Wanted (1949).

Set during the postwar period, Ann Walton—played by Mala Powers—is a modern young woman working in an office in a small town. When leaving one night she is followed by a man. The long, tense chase scene—a magistral sequence—is charged with disturbing emotional violence. Ashamed and traumatized, she cannot speak about what happened and runs away from her parents’ home to start a new life. Dealing with how society faces gender inequality, harassment and sexual assault, Outrage confronts subjects that, at that point, remained largely unaddressed. – Gustavo Beck

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