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18th(2016)



A Story Well Spun

Alice GUY-BLACHÉ

  • France
  • 1906
  • 2min
  • HD
  • black and white
  • Fiction

Comedy Classic

SYNOPSIS

A vagabond gets shoved in a barrel and it does not work out for him. The runaway barrel starts to roll down hills, over train tracks, even into a woman riding a bicycle.


Program Note

Slapstick comedy was one of the major genres in the age of
 silent cinema, and Alice GUY-BLACHÉ’ made lots of slapstick comedies showing
 off her filmic rhetoric of editing and framing between 1905 and 1907, including
 The Bricklayers, An Obstacle Course, The Rolling Bed, The Drunken Mattress, A
 Story Well Spun, etc. A Story Well Spun shows her fluent editing skill in the
 clearest manner. The editing of this film maximizes the dynamic effect of
 movement through the omission, fine cut, and reassembling of actions. [CHO
 HeyYoung]

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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