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Alice Guy, better known by her married name, Alice Guy-Blache was an early French pioneer in filmmaking.
Born on July 1, 1873, in Paris, France, she is credited as the first person to make a narrative fiction film.
She made over 1,000 films and had her own film studio in New Jersey. And long before the recognized giants of early cinema, it was Guy who experimented with sound syncing, special effects and color tinting. She even pioneered interracial casting.
But by 1920, with two children and a divorce she returned to France and was virtually forgotten. In the late 1940s, when she noticed that the historical record of the film industry didn’t include her, Guy-Blache began speaking engagements and starting writing her memoirs.
She returned with her daughter Simone to Mahwah, New Jersey, in 1965, and died there in 1968. After her death, the manuscript of her memoirs was found by her daughter and published.
The French government had presented her with the Legion of Honor, its highest civilian honor, in 1953. The Fort Lee Film Commission has been working hard to have Alice Guy-Blaché installed in the New Jersey Hall of Fame. There is a movement to have a star for her on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
In 2012 she was accorded the Director’s Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award. Martin Scorsese presented the Award saying:
“It is the hope and intention of the DGA that by presenting this posthumous special directorial award for lifetime achievement, the Guild can both raise awareness of an exceptional director and bring greater recognition to the role of women in film history.”