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18th(2016)



Algie, the Miner

Alice GUY-BLACHÉ

  • USA
  • 1912
  • 10min
  • HD
  • black and white
  • Fiction

Comedy Queer Classic

SYNOPSIS

Algie is a city boy with suspicious behaviors like giving cowboys kisses on their lips and dressing differently. He is given only one year to prove he is a man in order to marry Harry\' daughter.


Program Note

Algie, The Miner is known to be the first film starring
 a gay character in Hollywood. Algie tries to get the approval of his
 girlfriend’s parents to marry her, but her parents oppose the marriage on the
 grounds that he is feminine. Algie sets on a trip to learn how to be manly and
 happens to meet a macho miner who maybe can help him. Algie’s adventure to
 regain manliness seems to have as its aim a heterosexual coupling, but he ends
 up finding a homosexual partner. This film is an innovative comedy which twists
 normative gender identity and gender system, similar to ///Officer Henderson//
 (1913), a film about a police officer on stakeout who cross-dressed from male
 to female.

Director

  • Alice GUY-BLACHÉAlice GUY-BLACHÉ

    "Born in 1873 in Paris, France, Alice GUY-BLACHÉ was a pioneer of both French and American film. She first started out as the secretary to Léon GAUMONT, unknowingly stepping into the vortex from which cinema would be born. She, who was at the Lumière Brothers' first screening in 1895, realized that movies could do more than document workers leaving a factory. She asked her boss, GAUMONT, for permission to do something better: to tell a story. Despite her youth and inexperience, she wrote her own script and succeeded in making one of the first narrative films, The Cabbage Fairy, in 1896, which preceded the story films of Georges MÉLIÈS. She worked as head of film production for the Gaumont Film Company in Paris until 1907 when she moved to the United States. Three years later, she created her own company, Solax, and set up a studio in 1912, becoming the first woman to own and run a studio plant. Her innovative filmmaking career in France (1896-1907) and the United States (1910-1920), in which she employed color tinting, 'trick' photography, interracial casting, and synchronized sound, is comprised of more than a thousand films which she wrote, produced, or directed. Despite the depth of her work, her contribution in shaping early cinematic history has been overlooked, and she is often revered as a lost great visionary of cinema.

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