Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Doing Women's Film HistoryReframing Cinemas, Past and Future$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Julia Knight and Christine Gledhill

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039683

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039683.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.illinois.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Illinois University Press, 2019. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ISO for personal use.date: 17 November 2019

Alice Guy’s Great Cinematic Adventure

Alice Guy’s Great Cinematic Adventure

Chapter:
(p.95) Chapter 6 Alice Guy’s Great Cinematic Adventure
Source:
Doing Women's Film History
Author(s):

Kimberly Tomadjoglou

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039683.003.0008

This chapter rethinks Alice Guy's legacy by analying her adaptation of the paternalist practices of Gaumont Film Company, where she began, to the matriarchal organization of her own film studio in America, Solax. It tackles a number of questions arising from the figure of Alice Guy: for example, whether she was a feminist; whether her husband Herbert Blaché was responsible for the failure of Solax; whether she directed La Fée aux choux (The Cabbage Fairy), which, according to her, was her directorial debut, made in 1896; or whether she directed her first film in 1902, the two-shot Sage-femme de première classe (First Class Mid-Wife). In historicizing Guy's practice, this chapter reconceptualizes her creativity in terms not of “auteur” but of metteur-en-scène—thereby recognizing her generative role in managing the creative output of her studio. It also examines the role of fantasy in creating a feminist historiography or a feminist Alice Guy.

Keywords:   auteur, Alice Guy, Herbert Blaché, Solax, La Fée aux choux, Gaumont Film Company, feminist historiography, film studio

Illinois Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.