For a long time, little to none is known and heard of the late 19th century French filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché. Only in the year 2004 was the historical marker for the filmmaker was erected somewhere in New Jersey; and only in the 2010's was she posthumously awarded of her pioneering contributions to early cinema. She was one of the firsts to experiment with sound syncing, color tinting, interracial casting and special effects.
Guy-Blaché is the first female filmmaker and is responsible for making one of the first narrative films in 1896. Her career of 24 years in directing, writing, and producing films is the longest one out of several cinema pioneers. From 1896 to 1920, she made over 1,000 films. Unfortunately, only 350 of her films survived (mostly with ones involving Charlie Chaplin). Twenty-two of them are feature-length films.
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