Alice Guy-Blaché was a prolific filmmaker and a cinematic pioneer, yet she has largely been erased from the history books. In this entertaining and enlightening documentary, Pamela Green goes on an eventful journey to discover the astonishing scope of Guy-Blaché’s career, and probe just why she has been forgotten.
In a remarkably short period of time in the early 1900s, Guy-Blaché rose from a secretary to running a leading film studio in her native France. She was one of the very first to make a narrative film, and pioneered the use of close ups, hand-tinted colour and synchronised sound. When she emigrated to the US she began all over again, setting up the prolific Solax Studios in New Jersey.
In her quest to unearth everything she can about Guy-Blaché’s remarkable life, Green interviews 90 filmmakers and historians, and criss-crosses the US, procuring a wealth or artifacts and anecdotes from Guy-Blache’s descendants.