Reel Jersey Girl–Trailblazing Filmaker–Alice Guy Blache

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“Her ideas about narrative filmmaking predated all the great American filmmakers and most filmmakers in the world.”

“She was the earliest to deploy character arc and the psychological perspective of a lead character in a film story.”

“. . . pioneered the use of film close-ups years before D.W. Griffith who is usually given credit.”

She would almost single-handedly develop the art of cinematic narrative and define the role of movie director as separate from that of camera operator,” Alison McMahan, author of the biography Alice Guy Blaché: Lost Visionary of the Cinema, says. “She eschewed expensive backdrops in favor of real locations, making her films look startlingly modern. She pioneered the use of close-ups to dramatic effect in films several years before D.W. Griffith, who is usually given credit for the innovation, even started working in film. And most important, she was the earliest to deploy character arc and the psychological perspective of a lead character in a film story.” – See more at: http://www.bergen.com/artsmusic/History_Reel_Jersey_Girl.html#sthash.L09fw2N6.dpuf
She would almost single-handedly develop the art of cinematic narrative and define the role of movie director as separate from that of camera operator,” Alison McMahan, author of the biography Alice Guy Blaché: Lost Visionary of the Cinema, says. “She eschewed expensive backdrops in favor of real locations, making her films look startlingly modern. She pioneered the use of close-ups to dramatic effect in films several years before D.W. Griffith, who is usually given credit for the innovation, even started working in film. And most important, she was the earliest to deploy character arc and the psychological perspective of a lead character in a film story.” – See more at: http://www.bergen.com/artsmusic/History_Reel_Jersey_Girl.html#sthash.L09fw2N6.dpuf
She would almost single-handedly develop the art of cinematic narrative and define the role of movie director as separate from that of camera operator,” Alison McMahan, author of the biography Alice Guy Blaché: Lost Visionary of the Cinema, says. “She eschewed expensive backdrops in favor of real locations, making her films look startlingly modern. She pioneered the use of close-ups to dramatic effect in films several years before D.W. Griffith, who is usually given credit for the innovation, even started working in film. And most important, she was the earliest to deploy character arc and the psychological perspective of a lead character in a film story.” – See more at: http://www.bergen.com/artsmusic/History_Reel_Jersey_Girl.html#sthash.L09fw2N6.dpuf

2 thoughts on “Reel Jersey Girl–Trailblazing Filmaker–Alice Guy Blache

    • I’ve only seen Canned Harmony and Falling Leaves, but I’m mesmerized by them. It’s so great seeing the clothes, etc. Also who doesn’t love a good consumptive story? Canned Harmony is really fun. It’s interesting how the story is explained BEFORE the scene is enacted. I don’t know if you remember it but there’s a scene when a tent falls on the professor. I laughed out loud. It reminds me of the time my kids and I went re-enacting and the huge canvas tent we were sleeping in fell on us. The leader of the group was a very scary woman and we were afraid to wake her so we stayed trapped under very heavy canvas and lumber all night. 🙂 Ridiculous lack of bravery.

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