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Rosario Rodríguez de la Serna
actress
director
Details about the life of Rosario Rodríguez de la Serna are scarce.
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Rosario Rodríguez de la Serna

Lived:
Unknown - Unknown
Worked as:
director, film actress, film company owner, producer
Worked In:
Chile
by Eliana Jara Donoso

Details about the life of Rosario Rodríguez de la Serna are scarce. We know only that she played a small acting role in Juro no volver a amar/I Swear I Won’t Love Again (1925). After this experience, she founded her own film company, Rosario Film, in order to direct Malditas sean las mujeres/Damned Be the Women (1925), a loose adaptation of a novel by Ibo Alfaro. In the film, a young boy, a victim of passion, falls into despair because of unrequited love and ends up killing himself. The film had limited commercial success and was exhibited at several locations in the country.

Nothing else is known about Rodríguez de la Serna until 1929, when she completed her second film, La Envenenadora/The Poisoner, an adaptation of the novel of the same title by Paul D’Aigremont. The action of this film relies on the intrigue of a woman who poisons her husband in order to take possession of his fortune and to live with her lover. However, the victim’s sister finds out about the crime, and the criminals go to jail. This film was also screened around Chile, but the public’s welcome was quite tepid, and Rodríguez de la Serna was lost in the most complete anonymity.


Selected Bibliography

Jara Donoso, Eliana. Cine mudo chileno. Santiago: Self-published, 1994.

Santana, Alberto. Grandezas y miserias del cine chileno. Santiago: Editorial Misión, Colección Informe, 1957.

Cinechile Website: http://www.cinechile.cl/pelicula-592

Complete Project Bibliographies

Filmography

B. Filmography:  Not Extant Titles:

1. Rosario Rodríguez de la Serna as Actress

Juro no volver a amar/I Swear I Won’t Love Again (1925).

2. Rosario Rodríguez de la Serna as Director

Malditas sean las mujeres/Damned Be the Women, 1925; La envenenadora/The Poisoner, 1929.

Citation

Donoso, Eliana Jara. "Rosario Rodríguez de la Serna." In Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta, eds. Women Film Pioneers Project. Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. New York, NY: Columbia University Libraries, 2013. Web.   September 27, 2013.   <https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-rosario-rodriguez-de-la-serna/>

Related

Below are lists of other pioneers that are related to Rosario Rodríguez de la Serna by occupation or geography.

Occupation: directors


Occupation: film actresses


Occupation: film company owners


Occupation: producers


Place: Chile