French Innovation at Cinema’s Dawn: the career of Alice Guy

A scene from Léonce Perret’s “Child of Paris,” from 1913.

A scene from Léonce Perret’s “Child of Paris,” from 1913.

This story ran last week (thanks, Sr Helena for posting the link on Facebook!) and the history is most interesting.  Alice Guy’s story is part one of a DVD series on French film history.
By DAVE KEHR
Published: August 27, 2009

ALICE GUY was 22 in March 1895 when she took a job in Paris as a secretary to Léon Gaumont, an executive of the Comptoir Général de Photographie, specializing in photographic equipment. A few months later Gaumont bought the company, renamed it after himself, and began developing a product called the Chronophotographe.

To continue reading, click here: French Innovation at Cinema\’s Dawn

District 9: a longer view

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“True science fiction always asks: What does it mean to be human? And when a film creates a scenario like “District 9,” one that questions what it means to be human, themes of human dignity, empathy, altruism, society, and often theology and spirituality become apparent.”

 

Click here to access my longer review of District 9: Gritty, brilliant, violent posted on the NCReporter wesbite today.