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Putting It Together
boblipton from New York City
9 June 2006
Alice Guy -- she is usually called Alice Guy-Blaché, even though her
career pre- and post-dated her marriage to Herbert Blaché -- was,
arguably, the first movie director, even if no one thought to call it
that for a dozen years after she first took the job. She came to the US
about 1910 to open an American branch, stayed to direct for her own
company and prospered for a few years until her career petered out.
This wasn't because she was a woman, but simply that technique
continued to advance so rapidly that no one could stand the pace for
more than about twenty years, until the Studio system made the job more
Along the way she directed this comedy, arguably the first with an
all-Black (or Afro-American or whatever phrase you wish to use) cast.
It is a well-performed comedy for the era. As all of Alice Guy's movies
are, it is subtly played, although being a comedy, there are a few
ridiculous touches -- the men wear boutonnières the size of sunflowers.
It concerns the profligate ways of Sam Jones, played by James Russell,
who finds a billfold with a lot of money, and runs through it in short
A nicely done effort for the era. If all you have seen from this period
is D.W. Griffith, give this a try and see if it is interesting.
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