Alice Guy, 1st Female Filmmaker – Filming a ‘Phonoscène’ in the Studio at Buttes-Chaumont, Paris (1905)

Footage of the world’s 1st female filmmaker in action, directing a film on set in Paris. This is one of the first behind-the-scenes movie documentaries.

Alice Guy, 1st Female Filmmaker – 3 Tinted Dances

Guy continues her Spanish exploration with three hand-tinted films showing the tango, flamenco, and bolero dancing styles:

The Tango [Le Tango]

The Malaguena and the Bullfighter [La malagueña et le torero]

Saharet Performs the Bolero [Madame Saharet, boléro]

Alice Guy, 1st Female Filmmaker – Spain [Espagne] (1905)

Historic time-capsule notable for numerous reasons:
1. The fascinating people and places captured on film over 100 years ago.
2. The impressive cinematography including a some nice camera movement.
3. Footage with Alice Guy Blaché in front of the camera instead of behind. 

The locations are as follows: 

MADRID – Puerta del Sol, The Prado, The Fountains of Cybele, Palacio Real
GRANADA – Sierra Nevada, The Alhambra
SEVILLE – Guadalquivir River
BARCELONA – Montserrat Monastery

Alice Guy, 1st Female Filmmaker – Clown, Dog and Balloon [Clown, chien et ballon] (1905)

Cute one-trick doggie show. The backdrop is beautifully detailed, yet the illusion of depth is humorously broken by the balloon bouncing off the set.

Truly Awesome Video of Outer Space

The footage in this video is derived from image sequences from NASA’s Cassini and Voyager missions.

Alice Guy, 1st Female Filmmaker – The Magician’s Alms [La charité du prestidigitateur] (1905)

Excellent use of the Melies-style effects common for the time, and created in multiple outdoor settings instead of the controlled-environment stage typically used. Nice morality tale as well.

Happy Birthday, Hubble Space Telescope!

The Hubble Telescope launched 22 years ago today, and the entire collection of Hubble pictures is available online and well worth your time. The video below contains 1 selected image from each year.

Alice Guy, 1st Female Filmmaker – The Bricklayers [Les maçons] (1905)

Plenty of slapstick action, and with comedic police pre-dating the Keystone Cops by a decade. 

For Creatives (that’s everyone): Words of Wisdom and Inspiration

Alice Guy, 1st Female Filmmaker – Faust and Mephistopheles [Faust et Méphistophélès] (1903)

The story of Faust, popularized in 1604 by Christopher Marlowe’s play, “Doctor Faustus”, reworked by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in the 1800s, and then compressed here to 2 minutes. 

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