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Release: Feb. 3, 2003

UI Film Series Features Three Female Directors

Three female directors will be featured this spring in a series of films screened at the University of Iowa. The screenings are part of a seminar focusing on the work of Dorothy Arzner, Ida Lupino, and Lois Weber offered by the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences department of cinema and comparative literature. The screenings will take place every Thursday night at 7 p.m. in 101 Becker Communication Studies Building.

Arzner, Lupino and Weber are the only three women who directed Hollywood film on a continuing basis between the 1910s and 1960s. Their films developed themes about social issues important to women's lives, topics infrequently and rarely discussed in other Hollywood films. The directors explored topics such as birth control and abortion, rape and incest, women's independence, and gender relations.

The schedule of films follows:

January 23 - Christopher Strong (Dorothy Arzner, 1933, 78 min.) 16mm

January 30 - Dance Girl Dance (Dorothy Arzner, 1940, 90 min.) 16mm

February 6 - Outrage (Ida Lupino, 1950, 75 min.) 16mm

February 13 - The Blot (Lois Weber, 1921, 78 min.)

February 20 - The Bigamist (Ida Lupino, 1953, 80 min.)

February 27 - Not Wanted (Ida Lupino, 1949, 94 min.)

March 6 - Nana (Dorothy Arzner, 1934, 90 min.) 16mm

March 13 - Working Girls (Dorothy Arzner, 1931, 77min.) 35mm

March 27 - Where Are My Children? (Lois Weber, 1916, 44 min.); Suspense (Lois Weber, 1913, 12 min.) 16mm; Fine Feathers (Lois Weber, 1912, 12 min.) 16mm; A Japanese Idyll (Lois Weber, 1912, 12 min.) 16mm

April 3 - The Hitch-Hiker (Ida Lupino, 1953, 70 min.)

April 10 - Too Wise Wives (Lois Weber, 1921, 80 min.) with piano accompaniment by Dan Knight

April 17 - Craig's Wife (Dorothy Arzner, 1936, 73 min.) 16mm

April 24 - Shoes (Lois Weber, 1916, 80 min.) special presentation by Shelley Stamp, UC-Santa Cruz

May 1 - The Wild Party (Dorothy Arzner, 1929, 77 min.) 35mm

May 8 - Merrily We Go to Hell (Dorothy Arzner, 1932, 78 min.) 35mm

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media -- Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, Writer: Michelle Yong. Program Contact: Institute for Cinema and Culture, 319-335-1348,