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The Visionary Cinema of Alice Guy-Blaché

Sun, Aug 18 / 5 pm

Alice Guy-Blaché was a pioneering French filmmaker who made films at the origin of cinema in the late 1800’s. She made her first film in 1896 and went on to have a 20-year career in France and in the United States, where she wrote, directed and/or produced over 1,000 films (shorts and features). Her work includes comedies, westerns, and dramas, as well as films with groundbreaking subject matter such as gender inequality, immigration, anti-semitism, child abuse, female empowerment, and planned parenthood. She also made the earliest extant narrative film with an all African-American cast. Assembled with the help of documentary director Pamela Greene this program of shorts reveals the visionary talent of Alice Guy-Blaché.

A Fool and His Money
1912, USA 10.75 min.
Alice Guy-Blaché’s The Fool and His Money is the first extant narrative film with an all African-American cast. In this comedy, a man is considered a fool by his friends and the people he knows, until he finds a wallet full of money. All of a sudden, he is the most popular man in town…until he loses it all and is back to where he started.

The Ocean Waif
1916, USA 36.3 min
A William Randolph Hearst production In The Ocean Waif, a young woman (played by the talented Doris Kenyon) escapes her abusive guardian and finds safety in an empty house. She basks in her newfound freedom until the resident, a famous novelist, returns. However, he is charmed by the unexpected guest and the two quickly fall in love.

Falling Leaves
1912, USA, 11.75 min
In Falling Leaves, little Trixie hears that her sister will die before the last leaf falls, and takes it upon herself to extend her sister’s life by attaching fallen leaves onto a tree. One of Alice Guy Blaché’s films featuring a child heroine, this newly restored color-tinted moving picture follows a young girl overhearing news that her older sister will die before the last leaf falls from the trees, and, taking matters into her own hands, proceeds into the garden at night to tie the falling leaves back to their branches.

The Thief, 1914, 12 min
The Thief explores prejudicial views toward the poor.

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Pain & Glory

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