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A Celebration of the First Woman Filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché
Three theaters within the UPWIFT region will present films by the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, as well as sneak-peeks into a new documentary about Alice by Pamela Green and a Q&A with the filmmaker.
Upstate Films/Rhinebeck, Sunday, December 11, 1:00PM:
A retrospective of Alice Guy's films will be shown tonight (September 23) as part of the Woman with a Movie Camera series at the Anthology Film Archives in New York City. The 90-minute program includes:
THE DRUNKEN MATTRESS / LE MATELAS ALCOOLIQUE (France, 1906, 7 min, 35mm, b&w, silent. Print courtesy of the Library of Congress.)
THE STRIKE (U.S., 1912, 12 min, 35mm, b&w, silent. Print courtesy of the British Film Institute.)
This 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, digital publication 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.
* ph: phonoscenes
** sd: sound movie
Although we can't be sure who filmed the 1905 Gaumont hand-colored movies 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.
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.
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.