Screening: Maria von Hausswolff, THREE HOUSES
16 November 2016, 19:00
Female (1933) was the first film shot at Ennis House, one of the most-depicted buildings in cinema history and in large parts designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Female is based on the novel of the same name with a rags-to-riches storyline about the rise of the young woman Margy Kane from small town New England to Park Avenue. The adaption for the screen however, by the pre-code screenwriter Kathryn Scola and Gene Markey, has a modernist, feminist edge. The main character of the film is Alison Drake, a business woman working for a big car manufacturing company who is choosing different men from her staff to bring home for the night to her villa (the Ennis House with an art deco interior). Just as the young director Michael Curtiz finished the shooting, the studio Warner Brothers intervened, rewrote and re-filmed the end and forced the character Alison into a more streamlined role. .
The film will be introduced by Maria von Hausswolff’s stylized film noir adaptation Evidence of the not yet known, filmed on location in Los Angeles, in another architectural landmark, Rudolph Schindler’s Fitzpatrick Leland House (1936).
The screening is part of the exhibition program for MAD HORIZON by John Skoog and Emanuel Röhss.
Maria von Hausswolff: Evidence of the not yet known, 35mm transferred to HD-Video, 2015, 7 min.
Female, director: Michael Curtiz, 35mm, 1933, 45/60 min
The program starts at 19:30.