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Friday Five: 1900s Films

Friday Five

FIVE FILMS OF THE 1900s

Following on from last week's post on movies of the 1890s, this week we have five favourite films from the 1900s...

#5. Scrooge, or, Marley's Ghost (1901)

#4. Le Voyage dans la Lune / A Trip To The Moon (1902)

#3. The '?' Motorist (1906)

#2. A Trap for Santa (1909)

#1. Les Résultats du Féminisme / The Results of Feminism (1906)

I love this comedy short directed by Alice Guy-Blaché: it's all comedy stereotypes, for sure, but beneath that it's pretty hard hitting about the place of women in Edwardian society. Alice started out as a secretary at a camera company; when the company changed hands - becoming film pioneers Gaumont et Cie - Alice stayed on as Léon Gaumont's secretary. From there she moved into directing, eventually being directly involved in the production of over 700 films at both Gaumont and later at the company she co-founded, Solax Studios. Unapologetically experimental, Alice tackled all kinds of topics, and had a go at just about every special effect the 1900s had to offer.




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