Filmmaker. She was born in Amiens, France as Charlotte Elisabeth Germaine Saisset-Schneider to a father of a calvary captain. She was raised by her grandmother in Paris, France. She married engineer-novelist, Marie-Louis ALbert Dulac. She became fascinated with journalism. She was a radical feminist of her day and a French suffragette. She was editor of the La Francaise which helped the suffragette movement. She also became a theatre and film critic of the publication. She became enamored with the new art form of cinema. She and her husband formed a small production company in 1915, Delia Film, and she began directing highly inventive, small budget films. She was the second French female film director after Alice Guy. Germaine's most known film is La Souriante Madame Beudet in 1922. She became a leading figure in the French impressionist movement in the film industry there. By the late twenties, she was an important part of the second avant-garde of French cinema with the surrealistic film, La Coquille et le Clergyman in 1927. She was also a theoretical writer. Her goal was pure cinema without any influence from literature, stage, or other visual arts. She also talked about musically constructed films. She was also instrumental in the development of cinema clubs in France in the twenties. The arrival of sound put her end to film experimentaion and her career as a director also finished. From 1930 until her death in 1942, she was in charge of newsreel production at the Pathe and later at the Gaumont. She held the position of permanent secretary of the French Cineclub Movement. She is featured in John Wakeman's book, World Film Directors, 1890-1945, pages 276-280, printed by H.W. Wilson Company in 1987. She was also written extensively by Dr. Sandy Flitterman Lewis in her book, To Desire Differently: Feminism and the French Cinema. She later lived and died in Paris, France. She is buried in Pere Lachase Cemetery. She was a pioneer French female filmmaker of the early avantgarde era.
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