( the very first woman to direct, produce, write, and act in a theatrical feature back in the early silent era), Alice Guy (a French film pioneer who invented the director's job), Alice Guy alone came up with the concept of using film to tell a story rather than simply to record real life; surely this was so obvious a step that it occurred spontaneously to many who were there at cinema's creation.
Alice Guy premier cinema auteur
Alice Guy not only directed the first narrative motion picture, but was the first to use close ups, (something usually attributed to D.W. Griffin), she was the first to film a motion picture in color. First is a word that remains synonymous with Alice Guy. She did the first film noir, the first gay themed film, she was the first to step out from behind the camera to direct actors, at the time all directors handled the camera themselves, and she made extensive use of wax cylinders to give many of her short films a sound track, in other words they were talkies before anyone had coined that term.
Moving to America,Alice Guy ran the largest pre-Hollywood studio in the country. Over her lifetime Guy wrote and directed over six hundred films and yet this Grand Lady of cinema has been all but ignored. It is time that this wrong is righted and Alice Guy given her due as the pioneer among pioneers in film.
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