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Published by Michelle Vishnefske on Thu, 05/18/2017 - 12:43am
Before reading this article, I had never heard of Alice Guy-Blaché. I have always enjoyed learning tidbits about the beginning of the film industry. It combines my love of history with that of film. Without those early innovators, we would not have the wide variety of films we have today. The comedy, action, and drama of silent films may not seem like much to some, but when you remember that moving pictures was a whole new world, it is quite astounding. To have experimented with the new art of filmmaking in those early days would have been a remarkable experience. No one knew how long it would last.
Playing with the technology of the day, Guy-Blaché helped to expand the art form. Many times her films showed every day life, even going up against racial prejudices by depicting African-American families in a positive light.
Because of people such as Guy-Blaché, the industry took off instead of fading into the past. The world needs such people, daring to push boundaries and explore their own imaginations. Willing to go beyond the norm in order to move forward in art, science, or technological advances. As a woman, she pushed against gender roles to become a thriving film director. Setting an example which can be carried into many aspects of life. In the world of film, she rose to be an inspiration and pioneer. One who deserves to be remembered.
"Between 1896 and 1920, Guy-Blaché wrote, directed and produced over 1,000 movies in France and America, of which only 350 still survive. She pioneered special effects alongside Méliès, using the double exposure and masking techniques that he is praised for. She also experimented with the hand coloring process in 1990’s “Pierette’s Escapades” by soaking black-and-white film in dye and staining the emulsion."
Check out the article and video here.