First French Narrative Film was Directed by a Woman

French film pioneer Alice Guy Blache, a secretary for the Leon Gaumont film equipment company, directed the first narrative movie Fee aux Choux shown at the International Exhibition in Paris in 1896. The one-minute film based on an old French fable about a fairy who makes children in a cabbage patch, was actually produced to sell the newly invented motion picture projector. Georges Méliès, is often erroneously cited as the first narrative film.

      1899, 1896
      Alice Guy Blache
      Film Pioneer
      Paris, France

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  • Alice Guy-Blaché – Wikipedia
    Alice Guy or Alice Guy-Blaché (July 1, 1873 – March 24, 1968) was a French pioneer filmmaker, active from the late 19th century, and one of the very first to make a narrative fiction film. She was the first woman to direct a film.
  • Women’s cinema – Wikipedia
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  • Alice Guy-Blaché | French director | Britannica
    Alice Guy-Blaché Alice Guy-Blaché, née Guy, (born July 1, 1873, Paris, France—died March 24, 1968, Mahwah, N.J., U.S.), pioneer of the French and American film industries. The first woman director, she is also generally acknowledged to be the first director to film a narrative story.
  • Films Directed by French Women – Movies List on MUBI
    The first female director in the world was Alice Guy-Blaché, who created the first narrative film. Fast-forward to today where you have directors like Anne Fontaine …
  • A Century Late, a Giant of Early Cinema Gets Her Closeup …
    Apr 26, 2019 – Credited regularly as the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy Blaché … Alice Guy Blaché, center left, on a film set in France in 1906. … that narrative has had a lot of sway and has obscured the careers of … Pamela Green, left, directed the new documentary “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché.

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