Alice Guy Blache by Emmanuelle Gaume with Alexandra Lamy

Alice Guy Blache by Emmanuelle Gaume with Alexandra Lamy
Why a movie? Guy-Blaché is the definition of an industry pioneer, rising first through Gaumont Studios, then by becoming the founder and head of Solax Studios. By all accounts a cisgender woman, she nonetheless challenged masculine stereotypes, making big meaningful moves like casting women into then-typically male professions, like magicians or dog-trainers, and taking on the masculine roles herself, dressing as a man and stepping in front of the camera. Today, as we continue to mold our perspectives on how we conceptualize gender and sexuality in mainstream artr, Guy-Blaché’s story is both a feminist rendering of an inherently masculine system, and a subversion of how women were expected to perform both on- and off-screen

samedi 22 novembre 2014

*Be Natural* Alice Guy Blache’s film The Cabbage Fairy is widely regarded as the first narrative film
But with this smorgasbord of different inventions in the technology of film-making, viewing and projection, what was actually drawing the audiences into the Kinetoscope Parlours, amusement arcades, and viewing theatres (no proper ‘cinemas’ until 1904), was the films themselves – often no more than a minute or two long. Alice Guy Blaché  was the first female film director that we know of, and the author of the first narrative film – predating those of Lumiere by a few months.

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