It’s been several decades since the Muslim scientists had made their attempts on developing the fields of optics, the study of the lenses, which slowly evolved into cameras and photography, which later on developed into the craft of cinematography.
The 17th century was all wrapped up during the industrial revolution, which took place all over Europe and the United States.
Such inventions like the electricity, the lamps, along with the brighter star of Thomas Edison with his inventions. Those were some of the factors that have their own impact on the production and the film industries.
In other terms, those times were the peak point on the verification of the rights of women. Many Enlightened philosophers, such as Mary Wollstonecraft, and the right movements, highly accelerated the wheel women’s enrolling in many fields, included cinema and cinematography. Many female film directors have arisen during those times; one of which is Alice Guy Blache.
Alice was born to two French parents, with four siblings, whom she was soonly separated from. She lived the first 6 years of her life with her grandmother, whom she enjoyed her company and learned a lot from, and far gave her a solid ground with womanhood’s representation since early years.
The Craft Of Storytelling
The narrator of many of Alice’s movies were mostly children and their way of interpreting the outside world. That colors her music a bit with an enthusiastic and childish, feminine energy.
On a set place of certain space and time, movies were mostly black and white, and no audio was there. Many film directors were playing the music while shooting the sense, and so did Alice.
The style of Alice in the storyline is quite domestic, full of drama and comedy. The comfortability of showing and expressing emotions is at its peak with Alice.
The Themes Of Her Movies
Alice, through her films, had focused on many themes and social messages such as immigration, in her movie “the Strikes, or “Making The American Citizen” which shows many messages like the liberal conflicts, and antisemitism. She was one of the first film directors to show a black character, in an elegant role.
One of her movies was influenced by the painter and the book of the author James Tissot about the life of Jesus.
She directed the motion vision of James’s book and turned it not 30 long minutes movie.
Women’s rights, and gender equality
Gender rules and the obstacles and conflicts of the marriage lives as well, was one of the themes that Alice focused on, such as the film A House Divide, 1913.
She was highly engaging in such movements as the birth control movements, with the social activists and the journalists; Rose Pastor Stokes, who was arrested for her works.
Alice, with Rose, wrote the screenplay named “Shall Parent” about birth control, that never took a place.
Solax, and the accelerated capitalistic industry
Although Alice Guy Blache, is far considered as one of the earliest female film directors who had made her own studio Solax, and her crew of photographers and managers whom she was working with.
The principle, and the intention Alice beliefs in, through her journey as a film director, is to “be natural”. That includes how she claims her crew actress and actors to be self-articulating, with a sense of authenticity.
During 1900-1919, Alice was one of the first pioneers of the cinema. Eventually, the business and the industry of motion production got very accelerated and capitalistic in America. In 1921, Alice was forced to auction her film studio and other possessions in bankruptcy.