Alice Guy Blaché, Cinema Pioneer, edited by Joan Simon, with contributions by Jane Gaines, Alison McMahan, Charles Musser, Kim Tomadjoglou, Alan Williams
168-page paperback book
Published in 2009
Publisher: Yale University Press
Printed in Canada
ABOUT THE BOOK
Alice Guy was the first female film director, but, most importantly, a pioneer filmmaker who made her first film in 1896, at age 23, and went on to direct, write or produce more than 1,000 films of all kinds and then was forgotten by the industry that she helped create (with most of her films lost or credited to others). From 1896 to 1907, Alice Guy made films for Gaumont in Paris. She then married and moved to the United States where she established her own film company, Solax (1910-1914), and continued her work as an independent filmmaker. This book celebrates the achievements of Alice Guy Blaché and recognizes her rightful place in film industry.
“Before beginning this anecdotal history of my life as a film director, permit me to present to you the one who has filled my life entirely… My own Prince Charming. The Cinema.” Alice Guy, in the Prologue to her Memoirs
“Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché”, a documentary about the filmmaker, co-produced by Robert Redford and directed by Pamela Green, was released in May 2018, another laudable effort aiming to finally put Guy-Blaché back into the history of cinema where she belongs.
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