Alice Guy-Blaché: Transatlantic Sites of Cinema Nouveau, 1896-1920

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 7:00pm
Friday, November 9, 2012 - 9:00am
Saturday, November 10, 2012 - 2:00pm
Nov. 8th, La Maison Française (French Embassy), 4101 Reservoir Road NW, Washington DC
Nov. 9th, The University of Maryland, Language House (St. Mary's Hall), Multipurpose Room
Nov. 10th, The National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium, 4th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC

Born in 1873 in Paris, Alice Guy-Blaché started her career as a secretary in the first French film production company created by Léon Gaumont in 1896. She then became an artistic director and executive producer for Gaumont before directing over 400 films, ranging from short films to full-length color-tinted and sound synchronized features. Alice Guy-Blaché moved to the United States in 1907, becoming the first woman to own and run her own studio, Solax, in Fort Lee, N. J., until 1914. However, her role in film history was completely forgotten until her memoirs were published in 1976 and film professionals such as Martin Scorsese, Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep honored her posthumously during the ceremony of the Directors Guild of America 75th anniversary in 2011.

Organized in conjunction with the National Gallery of Art and La Maison Française at the French Embassy in Washington, this event will combine film screenings and scholarly presentations. The symposium held at the University of Maryland on Friday, November 9th is co-sponsored by the Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies, the Graduate School, the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Center for Literary and Comparative Studies, Honors Humanities, the Department of French and Italian, the Department of English, and the College of Arts and Humanities.


THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8th, 7 PM
CINE-CONCERT: Short Films by Alice Guy-Blaché

Music performed by the pianist Burnett Thompson. Followed by a reception.

La Maison Française (French Embassy),
4101 Reservoir Road NW, Washington DC

Admission: General: $8, Students w/id: $5
-"First Class Midwife", 1902 (3:29)
-"New Love For Old", 1912 (4:50)
-"Falling Leaves", 1912 (12:00)
-"Roads Lead Home", 1913 (16:36)
-"Drunken Mattress", 1906 (10:10)


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 9th, 9 AM - 5 PM
SYMPOSIUM

The University of Maryland,
Language House (St. Mary's Hall), Multipurpose Room

Free and open to the public

Preliminary Schedule

9:00am           Breakfast
9:15am           Welcome and Opening Remarks
Charles Caramello, Dean of the Graduate School, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs
Caroline Eades, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies, University of Maryland
9:30 am
Session I: The Legacy of Alice Guy-Blaché

“Alice Guy’s Great Adventure”
Kim Tomadjoglou, Independent Preservationist and Curator, Library of Congress
Discussion moderated by Brian Real, iSchool/Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies, University of Maryland
Interlude: Gaumont films + Coffee
10:30 am
Session II: The Invention of Cinema at the Turn of the Century
 “Alice Guy in Spain”
Alison McMahan, Homunculus Productions
“New Wine in Old Wineskins: The Rise and Fall of Early Sync Sound Systems”
Rick Altman, Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, University of Iowa/Internationales Kolleg für Kulturtechnikforschung und Medienphilosophie, Bauhaus-Universität Weimar
Discussion moderated by Oliver Gaycken, Department of English, Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies, University of Maryland
12:30 pm LUNCH
2:00 pm
Session III: Contemporary Sites of Cinema Nouveau
“Alice Guy-Blaché and a Feminist Moment in the Arts, 1913-1915”
Charles Musser, Film Studies Program, Yale University
“From Belle Epoque Paris to America: Cinematic and Ecole des Beaux-Arts décors de fantaisie
Isabelle Gournay, School of Architecture, University of Maryland

Interlude: Gaumont films + Coffee
3:45 pm “The Architectural History of Studio Production at Gaumont”
Brian Jacobson, Department of Film Studies, University of St. Andrews
Discussion moderated by Elizabeth Papazian, School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures, Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies, University of Maryland


SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 10th, 2 PM
CINE-CONCERT: Films by Alice Guy-Blaché.

Musical accompaniment by Kim and Kathryn Kluge. Discussion to follow.

The National Gallery of Art East Building Auditorium,
4th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC

Free and open to the public
-The Sieurin Collection (1899–1900)
-Five O'Clock Tea (1905)
-Falling Leaves (1912)
-Greater Love Hath No Man (1911)
-Mixed Pets (1911)
-Alice Guy tourne une phonoscène (1905)
-The Ocean Waif (1916)
-Parson Sue (1912)

Visit Alison McMahan's website for more information on Alice Guy-Blaché