Directed by Pamela B. Green (USA, 2018, 103 min.). Digital. Documentary.
Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning—in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head of production at the French film studio Gaumont, where she started directing films. In 1910, she and her husband moved to the United States, and she founded her own company, Solax—but by 1919, Guy-Blaché’s career came to an abrupt end, and she and the 1,000 films that bore her name were largely forgotten. Pamela B. Green’s energetic film is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances that led this extraordinary artist to fade from memory, and the path toward her reclamation. Narrated by Jodie Foster.
“The best (and least-seen) Film in Cannes… a detective story wrapped up as a biopic. A stirring document of an amazing filmmaker.”—Deadline Hollywood
“Green’s film serves as an incredibly necessary tonic, reestablishing the prominent role of women at the advent of cinema, when anything was possible.”—The LA Times