CRITIQUE – review of the life and work of this French artist, the first director and producer in the history of the seventh art, whom this documentary rehabilitates. Alice Guy: the unknown of the 7th art, a new film not to be missed this Wednesday January 5, on Arte at 10:30 p.m.
First peplum in history, (The Life of Christ, in 1906), first film with an entirely African-American distribution, first “making of”… All these innovations which are at the origin of our cinematographic languagee are by a Frenchwoman, Alice Guy.
A fair tribute
Valérie Urrea and Nathalie Masduraud, who tell in first person the incredible fate of the first director in the history of cinema, regret that her name was “Passed over in silence” all these decades and try to pay him a fair tribute with this documentary rightly titled Alice Guy, the unknown of the seventh art. They retrace his journey until his death in 1968, in great detail, notably using extracts from his works and archive or animation images commented by Alice Guy herself. But also thanks to actresses Agnès Jaoui and Maud Wyler.
Born Alice Ida Antoinette Guy on the 1ster July 1873 in Saint-Mandé (94), daughter of a stay-at-home mother and a bookstore publisher who died prematurely …