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Les Chiens Savants
Typical of Gaumont's output at the time and an example of cinema's early presentational style, this humorous "demonstration" film showcases a vaudeville act featuring a Miss Dundee and her trained dogs. While the dogs perform tricks like jumping over platforms…
The Girl in the Armchair
In this drama about a man's gambling addiction and the woman who loves him, Guy Blache is a master of cinematic space and skillfully stages the action in the foreground and background of the frame. This film is also notable…
Making an American Citizen
While this film is, according to film historian Alison McMahan, "'against' the oppression of women," it "tells us more about the social and economic pressures to 'Americanize'" and assimilate foreigners like Guy Blache. The film follows an Eastern European couple…
Une Histoire Roulante
In this pun-titled Gaumont comedy, a man rests in a barrel that gets pushed down a hill. The ensuing short is an advanced study on cinematic space and captures the continuity of motion as the rolling barrel moves from location…
La Barricade
This historical drama, which depicts a young boy caught by accident in revolutionary conflict, is notable for its unceremonious depiction of a firing squad in action. Remarkable for its confident use of the full frame, it anticipates Guy's later films…
Falling Leaves
This straightforward family melodrama was filmed while Solax was still located in Flushing, New York. FALLING LEAVES echoes aspects of O'Henry's 1907 short story "The Last Leaf" and depicts the clever attempts of a concerned young girl trying to save…
Early Women Filmmakers - An International Anthology
More women worked in film during its first two decades than at any time since. Unfortunately, many early women filmmakers have been largely written out of film history, their contributions undervalued. This necessary and timely collection highlights the work of…
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