Film History

1894, Paris. How did a young woman, just 21, schooled in convents and trained as a secretary, enter a male-dominated world and go on to shape the greatest art form of the 20th century?

Inventing the Movies tells the true story of Alice Guy Blaché, who single-handedly developed the art of cinematic narrative.

While working for the Gaumont Company in Paris, she invented the role of movie director, made some of the first synchronized sound films, and pioneered the use of a single character's emotional perspective to tell a story.

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Bloomsbury (originally Continuum)
A critical analysis of the surviving films of Alice Guy Blaché, the world's first woman filmmaker.

McMahan, Alison, Ph.D., "To Heal the Gap between Subject and Protagonist: Restoring Female Agency with Immersion and Interactivity," Ppaer for ASCA Mini-Conference, June 8, 2001, Amsterdam

"Madame a des Envies: Runaway Desire in the Gaumont Films of Alice Guy" Le Cinema au tournant du siecle/The Cinema at the Turn of the Century, The proceedings of the Third International DOMITOR Conference (New York 1994), edited by Claire Dupre la Tour, Andre Gaudreault and Roberta Pearson.

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"The Lumière/Gaumont Relationship" Congrès Lumière, Lyons June 1995.

"Cross-Dressing in the Comedies of Alice Guy Blaché" the Columbia Series Seminar, November 1995.

"Voice and Voyeurism in Early Cinema" Prima dell 'Autore, Spettacolo Cinematografico, testo, autorialita dalle origini agli anni Trenta Conference sponsored by the University of Bologna in Udine, Italy March 1996

"Plagiarism between Pathé and Gaumont up to 1907" DOMITOR 1996 Conference, Paris.

Photo Essay from the works of Alice Guy in oltre l'autore I/beyond the author I, October 1996 issue of film journal Fotogenia.

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