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Women Who Made History In The Film Industry: Alice Guy-Blaché
In honor of Women’s History Month, we at Crews Control would like to showcase some of the groundbreaking women who have broken barriers and made history within the video and film industry. Women have been an integral part of cinema since it’s early origins, but history is still being made in the present day by some amazing women. In this blog, we would like to highlight the accomplishments of Alice Guy-Blaché, who is commonly referred to as the world’s first female filmmaker.
Alice Ida Antoinette Guy was born in Paris on July 1, 1873. She got her start in films when she was 22 and working as a secretary for Léon Gaumont, an inventor who had begun manufacturing motion-picture cameras. She made her first film in 1896.
From 1896 to 1906 Alice Guy was probably the only woman film director in the world. In 1907, she married Herbert Blaché and resigned as Gaumont’s film production arm in Paris to accompany her husband to the United States.
In the United States, she formed the Solax Company and began making her own movies. She successfully made the transition to feature filmmaking, creating longer, more narratively complex titles that were well-received. She directed, produced or supervised (often all three at the same time) about 1,000 films during her lifetime, many of them short. Alice Guy-Blaché died on March, 24, 1968, in a nursing home in New Jersey at the age of 94.
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