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January 25 2016 Drama Movies Newsletter

"Ida Lupino is my favorite female director because she was a pioneer. She shot six features in the US, between 1949 and 1953. Her films are very original and deal with subjects that were very modern for the time, and because her characters are always at the center of them, female protagonists who are wounded and scrappy. Before she became a director, she was an actress. Perhaps that's why she had such a connection to women who are strong and unique. She also had an amazing feel for editing." French director Catherine Corsini

Catherine Corsini directed this week's film, "Three Worlds". It is a contemporary urban drama with two women (and a man) as the central characters, who could also be characterized as wounded and scrappy. I came across the above quote while researching my review. Interestingly enough, the latest issue of the film magazine "Cinema Scope" features a lengthy article on Ida Lupino's career as a director.

Lupino was an actress under contract at Warner Bros. in the 1930s and 1940s. Her films included "They Drive by Night" (1939) and "High Sierra" (1941). She grew increasingly bored, however, with the type of roles she was offered. Consequently, she started her own independent production company, The Filmakers. Lupino directed "The Hitch-Hiker" (1953) and "The Bigamist" (1953), both of which have been restored. She was the second woman to be admitted into the Directors Guild of America (the first was Dorothy Arzner).

When The Filmakers went bankrupt, Lupino turned to television. She directed episodes of "The Untouchables", "The Fugitive", and "Gunsmoke" among others. Martin Scorcese paid tribute to her by saying that her films were "remarkable chamber pieces that deal with challenging subjects in a clear, almost documentary fashion, and they represent a singular achievement in American cinema."

Turning to the present, Harrison Ford successfully reprised his role as Han Solo in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens". He will also be reprising his role as Deckard in the upcoming "Blade Runner" sequel. Ford will be joined on-screen by Ryan Gosling. The original 1982 film was directed by Ridley Scott. The sequel will be directed by "Sicario" director Denis Villenueve. It was just announced that Sony will be distributing the picture internationally. Production is slated to begin this July.

Here's the latest article from the Drama Movies site at BellaOnline.com.

Three Worlds Film Review
A car accident is the catalyst for a series of actions that will alter the fates of Alan, Vera, and Juliette forever. "Three Worlds" is a Catherine Corsini film.


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