Alice Guy, the pioneer of cinema, will find the light on the big screen

Alice Guy, the pioneer of cinema, will find the light on the big screen


The French woman was the first filmmaker in the world. To do justice to this, Pamela B. Green will dedicate a biopic to the person who has made more than 1000 films.

Alice Guy is missing from the names that mark the beginnings of cinema, from Daguerre to Étienne Marey or the Lumière Brothers. The first filmmaker to be forgotten while her work was able to add an artistic and creative dimension to the many inventions of her time. What was only a question of the machines became the hiding place of the imagination and helped to raise the cinema to the rank of 7th art.

To give it the attention it deserves, Pamela B. Green will dedicate a biopic to it, according to the specialized site Deadline.com. The director had already paid tribute to him with the documentary Be natural, the hidden story of Alice Guy-Blaché, crowned by two nominations for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, a symbolic year marking the fiftieth anniversary of the disappearance of Alice Guy. The journalist and founder of cine-woman.fr, Véronique Le Bris, created an Alice Guy Prize: “This highlights the talent of contemporary directors in line with the first of them“.

Born on 1uh July 1873 in the Paris region and died in the USA in March 1968, the filmmaker devoted herself to the 7e Art by chance. In 1894 she joined the Comptoir Général de la Photographie as a secretary, which Léon Gaumont bought a year later. A whole horizon, that of the cinema, opens up at his feet. Completely self-taught, she begins to be interested in this new medium. “” At the beginning, Léon Gaumont manufactured machines and interested him in selling them. In addition, he demonstrated the interest of his devices with short films »Explained to Listicle Feed Martine Kaufmann, responsible for the retrospective Alice Guy’s universe Alice Guy, who dedicated the Musée d’Orsay to her in 2011. With a keen business acumen, she takes part in the marketing of Leon Gaumont’s finds. What comes out of economic considerations first becomes a real passion. While the early films were used as demonstration material, Alice Guy decides to go further with the introduction of fiction.

Over 1000 films

With her first cinematographic experiences and an insatiable curiosity, the young woman touches all genres, all topics. She was interested in the works of the greatest, from Méliès to Etienne-Jules Marey, including the Lumière, who applied her research. She herself knows how to be original and how to discover, like the day she understood the virtues of close-up. Alice Guy is a die-hard stakhanovist. Her production includes more than 1,000 short and silent films. In its first realization The cabbage fairyThe fairy turns into a seller of children without hesitation in displaying them as vulgar products. in the The stepmother, freely inspired by Balzac, it shows a brutal stepmother and tells the complex relationships of a family. in the Opera Avenueshe experiments with special effects. With The life of ChristA 34-minute blockbuster, at a time when films didn’t top six or seven, she was exploring outdoor filming. In the United States, where she moved with her husband Herbert Blaché in 1907 and founded her own production house, the Solax Company, Alice Guy made her way through all genres, from western to fantasy. Alice Guy’s versatile work was able to give the diverse inventions of her time an artistic and creative dimension. What was just a question of the machines became the hideout of the imagination and helped raise the cinema to 7th placee Art.

Aurélia Vertaldi

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