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Our Teach-In series uses film to create awareness about significant contemporary issues and provoke dialogue and discussion. They are held twice a month and are free-of-charge, although a donation will be requested.

December 4, 2017

Why aren't there more women in film?

Ida Lupino's Hard, Fast and Beautiful with Therese Grisham

Film still: Hard, Fast and Beautiful

Examined through the lens of the amazing—and until now, too little-appreciated director and independent producer Ida Lupino—the misogyny of the film "business" becomes glaring as a social strategy. In Hard, Fast and Beautiful, Lupino looks at a mother's relentless drive for her daughter's success as a means of resisting the obstacles women face in gaining and possessing financial and personal independence. Florence Farley (Sally Forrest, Never Fear, While the City Sleeps) is as a young tennis star who is torn between romance and her mother's ambitions.

Directed by Ida Lupino, 1951, USA, 78 min.

Therese Grisham (Ph.D., University of Washington), a twice-Fulbright fellow, teaches film from feminist and gender studies perspectives, and led discussions and curated dossiers on women filmmakers including Kelly Reichardt, Ida Lupino and Claire Denis. She is a great film historian, teaches at Oakton Community College, serves on the editorial committee of desistfilm, and is the co-author of a new book, Ida Lupino, Director: Her Art and Resilience in a Time of Transition. Copies of this book will be available for purchase and signing at screening.


  • Monday, Dec. 4 at 6:30 pm

FREE admission!
Donations are requested.


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