Inventing The Movies

This novelized biography brings Alice Guy back to us, all of her determination, her creativity, her passion, her flaws, and her glory.

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Lost Visionary of The Cinema

This book provides a close analysis of the one hundred Guy Blaché films that survive, and in the process rewrites early cinema history.

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Posted on Jun 10, 2016

Alice Guy in GranadaAlice Guy in GranadaThis filmography is an accompaniment to the article "Stereotypes and Archetypes in Early Spanish Cinema," by Francisco Griñán, edited and translated by Alison McMahan, New Review of Film and Television, 22 July 2016.

The films listed are only the ones mentioned in the article but it provides a good overview of early film production in Spain. Included are the films Alice Guy and her cameraman Anatole Thiberville filmed in Spain in October-November of 1905.

Posted on Jun 10, 2016

La Bella RomeroLa Bella Romero

Although we can't be sure who filmed La malagueña y el torero y Le Tango, we have identified one of the performers. La Bella Romero (real name, Elsa Romero) was born in Malaga in the late nineteenth century. By early 1902 she was dancing tangos and sevillanas in Madrid (El Globo (EG) 1902, Madrid, 3 January, 3). In 1903 she debuted at the Teatro Novedades in Barcelona, where she was a great success. Her fame continued to grow. She even performed with La Fornarina and appeared in films. 

 

Of these two films, La Romera is the star of Le Tango and can be seen as one of the chorus of clappers in La malagueña y el torero, this time with her head uncovered. Below are some comparison images that show how the identification (originally made by the Filmoteca Española) was made.

Posted on Jun 10, 2016

 

Alice Guy's Film Itinerary through SpainAlice Guy's Film Itinerary through SpainAlice Guy traveled around Spain for six weeks, from October 15th to the end of November of 1905,  filming in Barcelona, Madrid, Granada, Córdoba and Seville. Guy's mission was to film a series of chronophone films in Spanish and pave the way for Gaumont film distribution in Spain. Guy has also been tentatively credited with filming La Malagueña y el torero (1905) and Le Tango (1905) while on this journey.  Francisco Griñán, who has investigated her journey in a way never done before. Some of his results will soon be published in the journal The New Review of Film and Television. This blog contains images and links to support the article.