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Alice Guy
La Femme collante (also known as Une Femme collante)
1906
Gaumont
Courtesy of Gaumont Pathé Archives, Paris
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ALICEíS WONDERLAND
by Walter Robinson



Sometimes it seems that male chauvinism can most simply be explained as compensation for an undeniable female superiority in all things (save perhaps football). Thus we have Alice Guy Blanché (1873-1968), a cosmopolitan young woman who went to work for film pioneer Léon Gaumont in Paris at age 21, made her own first film in 1896 and proceeded to write scripts, direct and produce films over a 20-year career. After her start in France, she got married (adopting her husbandís surname), moved to the U.S., where she founded her own film studio, Solax, in Fort Lee, N.J. in 1910.

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