Classics, Special Screenings
Women Shaping The World, Women Pioneers of French Cinema
silent + live piano accompaniment
Discover the films of Alice Guy-Blaché, the first person to have directed a fiction film, together with other works that show how the torch was picked up and carried by other women directors working in the early decades of cinema.
Thu 15 July 6.20pm
The screening will be introduced by Bryony Dixon, Curator of Silent Film (BFI), and accompanied on the piano by John Sweeney
Alice Guy tourne une phonoscène
FRA |1907 | 1.5 mins | dir. Alice Guy-Blaché
One of the earliest films composed of behind-the-scenes footage of the making of a film in a studio.
Les Résultats du féminisme
FRA | 1906 | 7 mins | dir. Alice Guy-Blaché
Also directed by Alice Guy, wildly credited as having directed the first fiction film in cinema, this comedy depicts a society where the roles of men and women have been inverted.
USA | 1912 | 12 mins | dir. Alice Guy-Blaché
The laborers employed in a large factory are disgruntled with the treatment accorded them. They decide to go on strike.
USA | 1913 | 10 mins | dir.s Lois Weber & Phillips Smalley
Directed by one of the most important filmmakers of silent cinema and the first woman to direct a feature-length film in the US, Suspense features early examples of a split screen shot and a car chase.
La Souriante Madame Beudet (Smiling Madame Beudet)
FRA | 1923 | 42 mins | dir. Germaine Dulac
Directed by pioneering avant-garde filmmaker Germaine Dulac, Smiling Madame Beudet is often considered one of the first truly feminist film telling of Madame Beudet’s ways to remedy her unhappiness with her husband.