City of Lights City of Angels - COLCOA-French Film Festival 2011

Posted by Eric Brightwell, April 11, 2011 01:00pm | Post a Comment

COLCOA-French Film Festival 2011

Today the COLCOA-French Film Festival 2011 gets underway. For the next week, audiences will be able to catch the premiers of French films in LA at the Directors Guild of America, 7920 Sunset Blvd

Bertrand Blier

On the 18th, two films will be screened again at 7:30. Bertrand Blier is the subject of this year's director focuses and, as such, his new film, Le Bruit des glaçons, is premiering. 1979's Buffet froid is also screening.

To get the full schedule and for more information, click here to go to the official website.

Alice Guy-Blache - first female of film direction

Posted by Eric Brightwell, March 3, 2009 08:33pm | Post a Comment

Early Years

Alice Guy was born on July 1, 1873. Her French parents were working in Chile, where they owned a chain of bookstores. When Alice's mother got pregnant, the couple returned to Paris where Alice was born. Soon after, her parents returned to South America and left her to be raised by her grandmother in Switzerland. After eventually moving to Chile to rejoin her parents, the family returned to France and enrolled Alice in school. Once again, her parents returned to Chile. Shortly afterward, her father and brother died.

In 1894, Alice was hired by Léon Gaumont as his secretary and still photographer. Whilst working for him, she began experimenting with filmmaking. A couple years later, Gaumont started his own company, Gaumont Film Company and Alice was head of production from 1896 to 1906. In the late 1890s (c. 1898), she directed her first film, La Fee aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy). In doing so, Alice Guy became the first female film director. In addition to directing at least 324 films, she contributed as a producer, writer or in some other aspect on many more. Though she made slapstick, fantasy, sci-fi, western and action films as well as many other genres, many of her filmes were intended for female audiences and bore a deliberate and outspoken feminist sensibility.

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