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Sun, Jul 29, 2018

The Films of Alice Guy-Blaché and Others
Co-presented by Kino Lorber and the Library of Congress.

“The Films of Alice Guy-Blaché,” 60 min. Getting her start shortly before the turn of the century, French-born Alice Guy-Blaché is perhaps the first female director, and a pioneer of narrative films in an era when the then-new medium was primarily used to document events. Films include:

Color-Tinted 2K Restoration! “Algie the Miner” (1912, 10 min.) A Western with an LGBT subtext, this comedy short stars Billy Quirk as a city slicker who turns cowboy to prove his manliness. Music by Liz Magnes. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
2K Restoration! “A Fool and His Money” (1912, 11 min.) The first film with all-black cast stars William Russell as a laborer who hopes some cash will impress his sweetheart. Music by Carolyn Swartz. Courtesy of the Library of Congress and the David Navone Collection. Preserved by New York Women in Film & Television’s Women’s Film Preservation Fund.
Color-Tinted 2K Restoration! “The Ocean Waif” (1916, 36 min.) A novelist looking for a secluded place to write finds a house where an abused young woman is hiding. Music by Maud Nelissen. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Plus Archival Rarities:

2K Restoration! Fieldwork Footage by Zora Neale Hurston (1929, 12 min.) Never edited into a film, this raw anthropological footage was shot by Hurston to document living conditions in the Deep South. There are no titles, but brief descriptions have been assigned to the sections: “Baseball Crowd,” “Dancing Capers,” “Children Dancing,” “Girl Rocking,” “Children Play,” “Man With Axe,” “Children’s Games” and “Baptism.” Music by Renée C. Baker, performed by the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
4K Restoration! “The Curse of Quon Gwon: When the Far East Mingles with the West” (1916, 35 min. Dir. Marion E. Wong) The first film by an Asian-American woman, this love story was the sole production from Wong’s Mandarin Film Company and has been named to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.
2K Restoration! MOTHERHOOD: LIFE’S GREATEST MIRACLE, 1925, 60 min. Dir. Lita Lawrence. Perhaps the earliest surviving feature directed by an African-American woman, MOTHERHOOD was made at the height of national debate about eugenics and addresses then-taboo topics of birth control and abortion. Music by Meg Morley. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Read more about these films in an article by Cari Beauchamp on our blog.

Introduction by Pamela B. Green, director of the new documentary BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHÉ.
Screening format: DCP
Egyptian Theatre • Sun, Jul 29, 2018 • 7:30pm

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