ALICE GUY FIRST LADY OF FILM GN (08 Jun Release) - Comicbookeroo Australia



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In 1895 the Lumière brothers invented the cinematograph. Less than a year later¸ 23-year-old Alice Guy¸ the first female filmmaker in cinema history¸ made The Cabbage Fairy¸ a 60-second movie¸ for Léon Gaumont¸ and would go on to direct more than 300 films before 1922. Her life is a shadow history of early cinema¸ the chronicle of an art form coming into its own. A free and independent woman who rubbed shoulders with masters such as Georges Méliès and the Lumières¸ she was the first to define the professions of screenwriter and producer. She directed the first feminist satire¸ then the first sword-and-sandal epic¸ before crossing the Atlantic in 1907 to the United States and becoming the first woman to found her own production company. Guy died in 1969¸ excluded from the annals of film history. In 2011 Martin Scorsese honored this cinematic visionary¸ 'forgotten by the industry she had helped create,' describing her as 'a filmmaker of rare sensitivity¸ with a remarkable poetic eye and an extraordinary feel for locations.' The same can be said of Catel and Bocquet's luminous account of her life.