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The Memoirs of Alice Blache (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series) [Hardcover]

Alice Guy Blache , Anthony Slide , Roberta Blache , Simone Blache


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1 Dec 1986 The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series
Provides an original, first-hand view of the potential that motion pictures offered women from the Victorian era, and how, ultimately, the industry rejected one of its first and most important pioneers. Alice Guy Blache was not only the world's first female director, but in 1896, she became the first of either sex to direct a fictional film. As the first director with the Gaumont Company in Paris, Alice Guy Blache served as an influential figure in French film history, making more than 300 films, including some of the earliest sound subjects from the turn of the century. She continued her career in the United States, founding the Solax Company in 1910, and producing and directing 350 more films. Complementing the text are reprints of contemporary articles on Alice Guy Blache from the American trade press, a reminiscence by her daughter, a brief evaluation of the career of her husband, Herbert Blache and a complete filmography.
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  • Hardcover: 182 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (1 Dec 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810819023
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810819023
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.7 x 1.8 cm

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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing memoir by inventor of the movies 20 May 2012
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This woman invented the movies in paris in 187something. She was a secretary at a famous photostudio. Her short films became very successful. She went to the us in the early 20 century and founded her OWN movie production company in fort lee, just accross from manhattan. For a couple of years she was the most successful woman in the us. When the movies went to hollywood in 1915... she did not quite make the transition and after a divorce from her husband ( who was a cameraman turned director) she went back to france. A forgotten part of film hisory and an amusing must read.
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