CTCS 200 History of International Cinema I

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CTCS 200 History of International Cinema I 14/09/2009 15:03:00 Week 4 Narrative integration 1905-6 o Began to make longer films, more involved o Impulse to tell story takes over as driving structuring factor in making  film Alice Guy-Blache o Known as the first woman filmmaker, Alice Guy was head of  production at France’s Gaumont studio from 1897 to 1906, making her  one of the earliest film executives too. o American Dream? Guy and husband Herber Blache moved to New  York to run Gaumont’s Us Operations. Later they left Gaumont,  founded their own production company, Solax, and thrived for a few  years, before the film industry shifted to Hollywood. o Artist of movement: Guy-Blache was an innovator of narrative film  technique. o Making an American Citizen (1912): a film that cristicizes two things:  old world patriarchy and America’s methods for modernizing its new  citizens. o Falling Leaves (1912): This domestic drama is told with a kind of  naturalism and depth that sets Guy-Blache apart. What happened to the cinema of attractions? o According to Tom Gunning, the cinema of attractions was gradually  replaced by the cinema of “narrative integration” which prioritizes the  spectator’s immersion in the fictional world of a story. o Princess Nicotine; or The Smoke Fairy (J. Stuart Blackton, 1909) Artist and entertainer: a master of the lightning sketch, blackton  became an innovator in animation and film tricks Survival of the attraction: in this short, the story is secondary to 
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