Hollywood's First Female Directors


Apeda Studio New York (Collection Solax)/Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons
Apeda Studio New York (Collection Solax)/Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons

In 1896, Alice Guy Blache became the world's first female director who also went on to trailblaze a host of innovative film techniques. Just in time for Oscar season, Cristen and Caroline highlight a trio of women pioneers behind the camera whose incredible legacies were all but erased from silver screen history.

Episode Sources:

"Alice Guy Blache" https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-alice-guy-blache/

"Alice Guy Blache (1873-1968)" https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/alice-guy-blache/

"Be Natural the Movie" http://benaturalthemovie.com/

"Dorothy Arzner" http://sensesofcinema.com/2003/great-directors/arzner/

"Dorothy Arzner" https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-dorothy-arzner/

"Dorothy Arzner" http://www.dga.org/Craft/DGAQ/All-Articles/0604-Winter2006-07/Legends-Dorothy-Arzner.aspx

"Forgotten Women of Film History: Alice Guy" http://msmagazine.com/blog/2014/10/03/forgotten-women-of-film-history-alice-guy/

"Forgotten Women of Film History: Lois Weber" http://msmagazine.com/blog/2014/11/06/forgotten-women-of-film-history-lois-weber/

"In Hollywood, It's a Men's, Men's, Men's World" http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/28/movies/in-hollywood-its-a-mens-mens-mens-world.html?_r=0

"Lois Weber" https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/lois-weber/

"Lois Weber" https://wfpp.cdrs.columbia.edu/pioneer/ccp-lois-weber/

"NYWIFTS Women's Film Preservation Fund Presents Three Films by Alice Guy-Blache" http://www.aliceguyblache.com/news/2010/feb/nywifts-womens-film-preservation-fund-presents-three-films

"Percentage of Women Working Behind the Scenes in Film Drops Below 1998 Levels (Study)" http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/percentage-women-working-behind-scenes-670793

"Shoes, 1916" http://www.silentfilm.org/archive/shoes

"Sundance Institute and Women in Film Release Unprecedented Study on Women in Film" http://blogs.indiewire.com/womenandhollywood/sundance-institute-and-women-in-film-release-unprecedented-study-on-women-directors?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed

"The First Woman Behind a Camera, Now Forgotten" http://www.thedailybeast.com/witw/articles/2013/08/20/alice-guy-blach-hollywood-s-female-pioneer.html

Topics in this Podcast: history, pop culture, women's history, Film, women in the workplace