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« on: August 09, 2017, 12:10:46 PM »

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0042824/reference

A damaged psyche post despicable crime.

Outrage is directed by Ida Lupino and Lupino co-writes the screenplay with Collier Young and Malvin Wald. It stars Mala Powers, Tod Andrews and Robert Clarke. Music is by Paul Sawtell and cinematography by Archie Stout.

Transport your mindset back to 1950 and you are in all probability going to admire this picture more than you would think. As is duly noted by other reviewers, this pic, and it's treatment of rape as a core subject matter, is dated as such, but that in no way lessens not only its impact and importance in the pantheon of film making, but also the fine work by Lupino. Lupino treads with careful guile, not resorting to sensationalism, it's a super piece of directing from one of the great ladies of cinema yore.

Pic's story deals with how Ann Walton (Powers) is raped and after the ordeal how she reacts to everyday life under her fragile mental state. The decisions she makes, her perception of things and ultimately a near cataclysmic event that brings things to the boil - sort of. Lupino adds in some imposing images, her film noir work serving her well, thus we get odd angles, ominous bulbous lamp lights, lonely streets and clown posters! The pursuit of Ann by a whistling wolf is frightening under any circumstance, but with Lupino adding her noir touches it's positively shattering.

Rest of the pic is tenderly played, a touch too sedate perhaps, while the appearance of a religious slant is forced and not the wisest of choices for the story, but ultimately it's not about mass market appeal. It's about being noticed and worthy, it achieves both for sure. 7/10

DVD-RW.

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« Reply #1 on: August 09, 2017, 10:50:33 PM »

Wow! Thanks for bringing this film to my attention! I'd never heard of it until I saw your review.

Directed by Ida Lupino, hey? She was a top-notch actress and director. A crime film from 1950...a terrific year for films (possibly one of the best).

Rape is the theme here? I don't think I've come across this theme in many other pre-1960 films, especially not as a main topic.

I will most certainly be on the lookout for this movie, which most likely is a gem.

Thanks for the heads up!  Afro

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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2017, 09:46:42 AM »

Wow! Thanks for bringing this film to my attention! I'd never heard of it until I saw your review.

Directed by Ida Lupino, hey? She was a top-notch actress and director. A crime film from 1950...a terrific year for films (possibly one of the best).

Rape is the theme here? I don't think I've come across this theme in many other pre-1960 films, especially not as a main topic.

I will most certainly be on the lookout for this movie, which most likely is a gem.

Thanks for the heads up!  Afro

Your welcome. Be nice to get a gals thoughts on it. Just note that  it's more about the aftermath of a crime than being a crime pic as such.

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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2017, 09:00:18 PM »

That's no problem at all. I would love to see how they deal with the "aftermath of a crime", as you put it.

I have a feeling that I'll be crying like a baby when I see this movie.

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