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Le jardin oublié: La vie et l'oeuvre d'Alice Guy-Blaché (1996)

The story of forgotten silent filmmaker Alice Guy and her more than 700 films.


Marquise Lepage


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Credited cast:
Alice Guy ... Herself (archive footage)
Roberta Blaché Roberta Blaché ... Herself (daughter-in-law of Alice Guy)
Adrienne Blaché-Channing Adrienne Blaché-Channing ... Herself (granddaughter of Alice Guy)
André Gaudreault André Gaudreault ... Himself (Université de Montréal)
Alison McMahan ... Herself
Nicolas Seydoux Nicolas Seydoux ... Himself (Gaumont)
Anthony Slide Anthony Slide ... Himself (historian)
Alan Williams ... Himself (historian)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Claudine Chatel ... Simone Blaché (English version) (voice)
Anne Dorval ... Alison McMahan (voice)
Françoise Faucher ... Simone Blaché / Alice Guy-Blaché (English version) (voice)
Kathleen Fee Kathleen Fee ... Adrienne Blaché-Channing (voice)
Jean-René Ouellet ... Alan Williams (voice)
Kelly Ricard Kelly Ricard ... Roberta Blaché (voice)
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The story of forgotten silent filmmaker Alice Guy and her more than 700 films.

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21 April 1996 (USA) See more »

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A Cinema Pioneer Remembered
28 May 2001 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

Neglected for a century, the aged woman's cinema treasures, like THE LOST GARDEN in a fairy tale, await rediscovery by a new generation.

This poignant & thoughtful documentary introduces the viewer to Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968), finally being acknowledged as the world's first - and for many years, only - female film director. Through the narration of her granddaughter, Adrienne Blaché-Channing, the viewer is introduced to a charming old lady with a remarkable past.

Present at the very birth of the cinema in Europe, Guy-Blaché, through a series of fortunate circumstances, went on to direct hundreds of two-reelers in France & America from 1896 to 1920. Long before talkies arrived in 1927, she was pioneering the synchronization of motion pictures & sound. Today, tragically, she is virtually forgotten.

Artistic flair is used in seemingly integrating interviewees directly into the ancient films. Using tantalizing selections from her surviving films - and a TV interview she granted before her death - the documentary gives a very good summary of Guy-Blaché's importance to the history of the moving picture.

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