One of the first filmmakers to direct a narrative fiction film, and the first known woman filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché had a prolific career that spanned more than 25 years.
Starting as a secretary for Gaumont, she eventually became head of film production there until 1907; going on to create the highly successful Solax production company in 1910. By 1912, her rate of film production equalled that of D.W. Griffith, and her films were equally as popular. She wrote and produced more than 700 films throughout her career, making films with Gaumont's early synchronised sound system, Chronophone, experimenting with special effects, tinting and toning colour processes, and making the first film known to have an all African-American cast, A Fool and His Money (1912).
She was awarded France's Legion d’honneur, and became recognised by film historians including Jean Mitry and Charles Ford. She spent her later life tirelessly trying to recover her lost films, and has been the subject of several writings and a documentary. Cinema Rediscovered is proud to bring a selection of her inspiring works to the big screen once again, including Matrimony's Speed Limit (1913), Burstup Holmes Murder Case (1913) and Ocean Waif (1916).
With thanks to Lobster Films.
With an introduction by Pamela Hutchinson and live piano accompaniment by Meg Morley.