WOMAN WITH A MOVIE CAMERA: The Films of Alice Guy-Blaché

Live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin
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Castro Theatre Sat, Dec 7, 2019 3:15 PM
Film Info
Director:Alice Guy-Blaché
Total Run Time:70 min.


French filmmaking pioneer Alice Guy got into the movie business at the very beginning—in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head of production at Gaumont and started directing films. One of the very first directors to make narrative films, her work is marked by innovation—she experimented with color-tinting, special effects, and sound! In 1910 she and her husband moved to the United States and she founded Solax film studio. But a series of reversals—a severe bout of Spanish flu, a nasty divorce, the loss of her studio to creditors—forced Guy out of business and she returned to France with her two children in 1922. Through her own efforts—lecturing at universities and politely correcting historians’ mistakes—along with the efforts of diligent archivists, she has been rescued from unwarranted obscurity. Ninety-nine years after the opening of Solax, Alice Guy remains one of the only woman to have ever owned a movie studio. The program includes MIDWIFE TO THE UPPER CLASS (1902), THE RESULTS OF FEMINISM (1906), THE DRUNKEN MATTRESS (1906), MADAME HAS HER CRAVINGS (1906), THE GLUE (1907), and THE OCEAN WAIF (1916)

Live musical accompaniment by Donald Sosin

Prints (DCP) courtesy of Kino Lorber


Introduction by Jennifer Horne


Copresented by Alliance Française, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Roxie Theatre, and Women Film Pioneers Project