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Films, Films and More Films

Each Season La Senora presents the films and biographies of former residents of our Hacienda or frequent 'habitues' of the Salons of the 1930s-40s. 

 
2014 was  the 75th Anniversary of Gone With The Wind (aka GWTW)  for which our Hacienda resident Lyle Wheeler had received an Oscar for Art Direction.  
 
2015 Season, we presented a 6-part educational series of talks/screenings on the work of George Gershwin.
 
2016 Season will be dedicated to the Unseen Charlie Chaplin showing his behind the scenes film artistry . Join us on June 14th as Marc Wanamaker again kicks off the Season with the wealth of his Bison Archives photos.
 
 La Senora's screenings cover a broad range of the films of Wheeler, Anita Loos, Mary Loos and Mexican film star Jose Mojica who built the lovely Hacienda in which our Institute is sited.  We also screen the films of the well known directors, actors, writers who frequented the Hacienda afternoon Salons as their 'escape from Hollywood'. 
 
La Senora spends it's winters building our knowledge base of activities that took place in our hacienda. Just one example from 2015 would be  Gone with the Wind's well attended onsite lecture and film events during the summer  commemorating  and celebrating this film for which Hacienda Resident  Lyle Wheeler won one of his  several Oscars  He had 37 films for which he received the Oscar Nomination so we have lots of good films to screen for you.  But Gone with the Wind holds a special place in our society's collective memory.    In Collaboration with the UT Ransom Center's major exhibition of GWTW material from the David Selznick archive it holds, La Senora 'supporting members' received a lecture by noted film/photography archivist, Marc Wanamaker of Bison Archives who brought his personal,  never before seen photos, Later that week members had a  Screening of GWTW with an introduction by Brooke Wheeler.

In September-December, representatives of La Senora and the Wheeler Family were in Austin Texas where the Ransom Center at Univ. of Texas was hosting a season long long exhibition of the making of this film and items produced for this movie.  It was amazing!  Supporting level members of La Senora (Empresario and above) were invited to stay at an Austin estate located in a conservation area and be accompanied to the Ransom by one of La Senora's staff.   (There are lots of great advantages to being a Patron Level Member of La Senora.) Here's.an appetizer of what you missed.

Films  
 Several times a year, La Senora screens films from its library of 1915-1953 films created by former residents of its Hacienda. 
 
We also screen series of films, drawn from that same collection, for academic and film groups.  If you belong to a group that has an interest in the films of Jose Mojica (in Spanish) Anita Loos (writer), Mary Loos (writer) or Lyle Wheeler (Art Director) please send an e-mail to events@lasenora.org with particulars on your interests.
 
 
FILMS: 
Always, always remember to Check our Eventbrite Page for Upcoming Film Events!
 
Highlight Examples of some Past Film Events:
See Calendar Archive for More Information



Film:

All Ivy Film Festival: Film No. 3, 'Daddy Long Legs'

Description:

Old Hollywood Legends Film Series
This event is sponsored by the local Alumni Associations of multiple Ivy League Colleges. Empresario Members of La Senora are welcome to attend this Premium event on a space available basis.

Venue:

La Senora's Teatro del Canyon

 

            


            


Film:

            

Classic Canyon FILM SERIES: (TBD)

Description:

            

Classic Canyon film series of three award winning classic films presented in the historic Theater at La Senora. 

Venue:

La Senora's Teatro del Canyon

 




Film:

Classic Canyon FILM SERIES: 'The Robe'

Description:

'The Robe' is the second in the Classic Canyon film series of three award winning classic films presented in the historic Theater at La Senora.  

Each film features in cast or crew one of the Hollywood greats that are or have lived in Santa Monica Canyon, Lyle R Wheeler (Art Director), 'The Snows of Kilimanjaro' and 'The Robe'. Peter Graves (actor), 'Airplane' who is our esteemed guest speaker at this special screening of 'Airplane'.   

Venue:

La Senora's Teatro del Canyon

  



Film:

Film Screening: The True Story of Marion Davies

Description:

Old Hollywood Legends Film Series
The recent opening of the Annenberg Beach Club, site of the former Marion Davies Beach House, has sparked a rebirth of interest in the
enigmatic career of Marion Davies. Join La Senora for for"The Story of Marion Davies". narrated by Charlize Theron. The film's Producer, Elaina Archer, will discuss Marion's career and the making of the film. Archer is the former head of the Mary Pickford Library; she has been the Producer of four other Hollywood Film Legend documentaries in conjunction with Hefner and Turner Classic Movies. Materials related to Marion Davies and W.R Hearst are part of La Senora's Anita Loos Collections. Anita's adjacent Gold Coast beach house and her equally 'mapcap personality' made close friends of Loos, Davies and Pickford ....a trio of powerhouse women of Early Film.

Venue:

La Senora's Teatro del Canyon





Film:

Classic Canyon FILM SERIES: 'Gypsy Wildcat'

Description:

'Gypsy Wildcat' (1944), introduction by guest speaker, author Tom Zimmerman. 
Leo Carrillo was one of the best-known and most accessible actors of his era; his rancho along the creek in Santa Monica Canyon made him a neighbor to La Senora's Mojica Hacienda. In this film Carrillo is paired with the indomitable Maria Montez, well known for her portrayal of strong female characters in her films...a rarity for the time.

Venue:

La Senora's Teatro del Canyon



 

Art Directors Guild

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1938)

Lyle Wheeler

William Cameron Menzies

James Wong Howe


The Art Directors Guild (ADG) Film Society and American Cinematheque will profile the legendary careers of
Art Director Lyle Wheeler,
Production Designer
William Cameron Menzies
and James Wong Howe ASC
at a Screening of the classic 1938 film

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


A panel of highly regarded industry professionals

will discuss the significant legacy of these leading

film narrative artists in a Q&A to be moderatedby Tom Walsh and including remarks by

Lyle Wheeler’s son Brooke Wheeler


Sunday, September 21 at 5:30PM at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.Advance ticketing
through
La Senora by September 17th.
For guests wishing to car pool, our vehicles will leaveMalibu at3 :00 pm, Santa Monica at 3:15 and Beverly Hills at 3:30 pm stoppingfor a
light Supper before the Screening

Writer Ben Hecht once told Selznick, "The trouble with you, David, is that you did all your reading before you were twelve." And lucky for us he did!
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer represents a milestone in motion picture Art Direction as it brought together
for the first time as collaborators
Lyle Wheeler
and William Cameron Menzies.
They would go on to design a series of highly acclaimed pictures together for Selznick International culminating in their historic collaborationon"Gone With The Wind".

This was the fourth and best adaptation,of Mark Twain's classic novel about the world of his childhood, growing up along theMississippi in the rural Missouri. The climatic cave sequence with Injun Joe (Victor Jory) is unforgettable, and it was described at the time as "too horrible for children." Shot in Technicolorby James Wong Howe, ASC, his work and subdued color capture so angered Technicolor that he was barred from
using their system for morethan
a decade.

Click here for Tickets
http://www.lasenora.org/OnlineStore.asp

If you wish to carpool with
La SenorapleaseRSVP to events@lasenora.org We look forward to your joining La Senora
and Lyle Wheeler’s Family for this event