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Sound Rewrites Silents: Alice Guy and The Gaumont Chronophone

Alison McMahan

Alison McMahan is an award-winning screenwriter, author, and filmmaker. She is the president of Homunculus Productions, LLC. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Alice Guy Blaché : Lost Visionary of the Cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2003

Book chapter

...The second most commonly asked question about Alice Guy’s life and career is: why did Alice Guy’s film manufacturing concern, the Solax Company, cease producing in 1914? The usual assumption is that Solax went bankrupt at that time...

The Growth of Narrative: Alice Guy’s Silent Film Production at Gaumont, 1902–1907

Alison McMahan

Alison McMahan is an award-winning screenwriter, author, and filmmaker. She is the president of Homunculus Productions, LLC. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Alice Guy Blaché : Lost Visionary of the Cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2003

Book chapter

...In chapter one, I described the controversy over whether Alice Guy had actually made La Fée aux choux when she said she did. For those who accepted Lacassin’s argument that Choux dated from around 1900 (which Lacassin himself later...

Solax: an American Film Company

Alison McMahan

Alison McMahan is an award-winning screenwriter, author, and filmmaker. She is the president of Homunculus Productions, LLC. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Alice Guy Blaché : Lost Visionary of the Cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2003

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...From 1910 to 1914, Guy Blaché owned and ran her own studio, the Solax Company. Not only did she own and run the production company but she had over 50% ownership of the entire physical plant—film stage, set construction shop, film...

The Feature-Length Films and the End of the Solax Company

Alison McMahan

Alison McMahan is an award-winning screenwriter, author, and filmmaker. She is the president of Homunculus Productions, LLC. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Alice Guy Blaché : Lost Visionary of the Cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2003

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...The transition from one-reelers to feature-length films as we know them today (five reels or more) began in 1909 and 1910, when Stuart Blackton and D.W. Griffith made their first tentative multiple-reel films. In 1911, Griffith again tried...

Madame A Des Envies (Madam Has Her Cravings): Crossdressing in the Comedies of Alice Guy

Alison McMahan

Alison McMahan is an award-winning screenwriter, author, and filmmaker. She is the president of Homunculus Productions, LLC. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Alice Guy Blaché : Lost Visionary of the Cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2003

Book chapter

...In his 1992 article on Alice Guy’s Solax films in the Library of Congress collection, Wheeler Winston Dixon stated that Guy was a “master at observed comment upon the role of dress and presentation in the creation of one’s sexual identity.”...

The Birth of Film Narrative

Alison McMahan

Alison McMahan is an award-winning screenwriter, author, and filmmaker. She is the president of Homunculus Productions, LLC. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Alice Guy Blaché : Lost Visionary of the Cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2003

Book chapter

...The impetus for this book stems from one little-known fact: the first director of a story-film in history was a woman, and to this day, even with significant persuasive evidence, historians either insist it isn’t true, or else belittle...

Introduction: The Search for Alice Guy

Alison McMahan

Alison McMahan is an award-winning screenwriter, author, and filmmaker. She is the president of Homunculus Productions, LLC. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Alice Guy Blaché : Lost Visionary of the Cinema

Bloomsbury Academic, 2003

Book chapter

...In the course of her life Guy had three names: Alice Guy (during the Gaumont period of her career) until she was married at the age of 34; Madame Blaché until she was divorced at the age of 50; and Alice Guy Blaché until she died at the age...

The Spirit of ’36

Charles Drazin

Charles Drazin is a biographer and film historian who lectures on the cinema at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous books include In Search of The Third Man, Korda: Britain's Only Movie Mogul and The Man Who Outshone the Sun King. He is also the editor of two volumes of journals of the novelist John Fowles Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of French Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...As an industry, the French cinema of the 1930s led an against-the-odds existence of continuous crises. After the collapse of Gaumont in 1934, a government report reached the conclusion that film production in France was deplorably...

Up Till Now

Charles Drazin

Charles Drazin is a biographer and film historian who lectures on the cinema at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous books include In Search of The Third Man, Korda: Britain's Only Movie Mogul and The Man Who Outshone the Sun King. He is also the editor of two volumes of journals of the novelist John Fowles Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of French Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2011

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...When journalist and press agent Georges Cravenne founded the Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma in 1974, he hoped to emulate Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which provided an obvious model for what would...

Irreconcilable Differences

Charles Drazin

Charles Drazin is a biographer and film historian who lectures on the cinema at Queen Mary, University of London. His previous books include In Search of The Third Man, Korda: Britain's Only Movie Mogul and The Man Who Outshone the Sun King. He is also the editor of two volumes of journals of the novelist John Fowles Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Faber Book of French Cinema

Faber & Faber, 2011

Book chapter

...The last year of the Occupation weighed heavily on the French film industry. On the one hand power cuts and the scarcity of materials made film-making increasingly difficult, while on the other air bombardment and raids by the German...