Founded in Paris in October 1973, the feminist collective “Musidora,” which was named for the actress, director, screenwriter, and film critic Jeanne Roques, also known as Musidora, was instrumental in generating new interest in women’s film history. This essay examines the collective Musidora’s speculative approaches to the first woman filmmaker, Alice Guy Blaché, by way of Nicole-Lise Bernheim’s short film Qui est Alice Guy? (Who Is Alice Guy?, 1976). Its focus lies in particular in how the members of the Musidora collective, which often represented Guy Blaché in their image, as a strong independent woman struggling to be recognized as a filmmaker in France, transformed Guy Blaché into a feminist figure of French film history through speculative means. In doing so, the collective Musidora reveals not our limited knowledge of the past, but rather the possibilities of changing the present through both historiographical and fictional means.
My Name Is Alice Guy: The “Musidora” Collective and Women’s Film History
Aurore Spiers (she/her) is a PhD candidate in the department of cinema and media studies at the University of Chicago, where she is currently finishing a dissertation on women, French cinema, and film historiography. Since 2015, Aurore has been an editorial contributor and a country coordinator (France) for the Women Film Pioneers Project edited by Jane Gaines, Radha Vatsal, and Monica Dall’Asta.
Aurore Spiers; My Name Is Alice Guy: The “Musidora” Collective and Women’s Film History. Feminist Media Histories 1 July 2022; 8 (3): 155–177. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/fmh.2022.8.3.155
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