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The Journey

Alice 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 has investigated her journey in a way never done before.

Early filmmakers who made films in and about Spain used Andalusia as a stand-in for all of Spain, and had three favorite tropes for representing what they considered to be typically Spanish: Flamenco dancers, bullfighters, and bandits. The opera Carmen (and the novel it is based on) perfectly emblematizes these stereotypical archetypes.

I just completed a translation and edit of  Stereotypes and Archetypes in Early Spanish Cinema by Francisco Griñán for the New Review of Film and Television Studies. The paper is a case study of how national archetypes and stereotypes get put into place.

The OpenCulture Blog has posted a list of where you can find 65 free Charlie Chaplin films on the web. I post the beginning of the blog and link to it below; and I post Chaplin's A Burlesque On Carmen (1915) here for your viewing pleasure. Stay turned for more early cinema on Carmen in future posts.

It is with great joy that I announce that my friend and fellow early cinema researcher, Francisco Griñán, has been awarded his Ph.D. by the University of Malaga. I was honored to be invited to form part of his doctoral committee. The defense took place on February 5th and was witnessed by all of Paco's friends and family.

Pictured: Gallerie des machins, Expo Universelle 1889 Paris

The blog, "Five Minute History" recently published a lovely survey of the Belle Époque. The Blog includes pictures of buildings from Paris to Mexico (including the Biltmore in Asheville, NC) that represent the cultural achievements of the era.

Most wonderful for me is the film from paintings of Paris in the era.

 

 

 

 

 

 

My academic article, “Sound Rewrites Silents” was originally published in the journal  Kintop, Winter 1999. The German title is  "Stummfilmgeschichte im Licht der Tonbilder," Kintop 8,  1999, p. 141-158.

The same material, in English, was included in my book, Alice Guy Blaché, Lost Visionary of the Cinema, Bloomsbury, 2002. (In Spanish by Plots Ediciones, Spain, 2009).

 

After eight years of living in South Florida, I finally ventured over to the “Left Coast,” that is, the Gulf side of my new(ish) home state. Against all expectations I stumbled on a historical site of great interest to early cinema lovers: The Edison & Ford Winter Estates.

 

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