The Cabbage Fairy / Madam’s Fancies / On The Barricades

As an early filmmaker, Alice Guy has a lightness of touch and a sympathetic outlook that I like very much. I’ll have to investigate more. Her first film – The Cabbage Fairy – is also the first film made by a woman; it’s a sweet, brief and simple fantasy. In Madam’s Fancies a pregnant woman smokes, drinks absinthe and eats herring while two men fuss; afterwards a baby is safely born in a cabbage patch, so it has links to that first film. All three of these are short and fun and available on YouTube at the time of writing. (**½ / *** / ***½)