The Postwar Bubble

Wheeler Winston Dixon

in Film Noir and the Cinema of Paranoia

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780748623990
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653614 | DOI:
The Postwar Bubble

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Women were among those who eagerly embraced the new world of film noir, having been cut out of the film industry since the 1920s. None did it with more style and verve than Ida Lupino, who directed Not Wanted, a story of children born out of wedlock. Although there had been numerous women directors working in Los Angeles in the 1920s and 1930s, including Lois Weber, Ida May Park, Ruth Stonehouse, Cleo Madison, Dorothy Arzner, and a number of others, by 1943 women had effectively been dismissed from the director's chair. Arzner was the only woman director working in the Hollywood film industry in the early 1940s; her last film was First Comes Courage (1943). An example of noir during this period is John Brahm's Guest in the House (1944), in which the corrosive force is not greed, or the lust for money and power, but rather madness, and possessive jealousy. Other examples are Reginald LeBorg's Fall Guy (1947), D. (David) Ross Lederman's Escape from Crime (1942) and Jean Renoir's Woman on the Beach (1947).

Keywords: Ida Lupino; film noir; Not Wanted; women directors; Dorothy Arzner; Hollywood; First Comes Courage; Jean Renoir; Woman on the Beach; Fall Guy

Chapter.  8300 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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