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The Lost Garden
The Life and Cinema of Alice Guy-Blaché
A film by Marquise Lepage
Canada, 1995, 53 minutes, Color, 35mm/DVD
Order No. W99479
THE LOST GARDEN looks at the life and times of Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968), arguably, the first narrative filmmaker in the world. Creating her first motion picture in France in the 1890s, Alice Guy-Blaché went on to found her own successful production company in the US, producing and writing more than 700 films. Clips from her films, which were cleverly edited to illustrate events from her personal life, are intercut with revealing excerpts from TV interviews with Guy-Blaché, photographs, reminiscences by family members, and interviews with film historians. A fitting tribute to one of cinema's most fearless pioneers, produced by the National Film Board of Canada.


Gémeaux Award, Montréal, Best Documentary
Columbus Int'l Film Festival, Honorable Mention
National Education Media Competition, Bronze Apple

  • New Directors/New Films, NY
  • San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Melbourne International Film Festival

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    "***1/2 Highly recommended... a superb passport to the fin de siecle cinematic days...a fitting and wonderfully realized homage and rescue from obscurity, lovingly narrated by Alice's granddaughter."
    Video Librarian

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