Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers - Canned Harmony

Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Helen Holmes, Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard, and Dorothy Davenport Reid
Year: 2018

One of Guy-Blaché's several short films that incorporate plots about sound into silent cinema, drawing on her early work on pioneering Chronophone sound recordings. Here a young couple orchestrate a ruse to fool the woman's father, a music professor who has forbidden her to marry anyone other than a musician. They fool him – temporarily, of course – when the beau impersonates a violinist "auditioning" for the professor, while his sweetheart carefully synchronizes a phonograph recording behind the scenes. As scholar Barbara McBane has pointed out, the heroine's efforts to control her marital destiny through modern technology clearly approximate those of early Chronophone sound recording with which Guy-Blaché would have been so familiar.

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Directed by Alice Guy-Blaché, Lois Weber, Helen Holmes, Mabel Normand, Grace Cunard and Dorothy Davenport Reid