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Tribute to Madeleine Malthête-Méliès

Memorial note by Matthew Solomon, on behalf of Domitor:

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that Madeleine Malthête-Méliès died in her sleep on July 8, 2018 at the age of 95. Madame Malthête-Méliès was the granddaughter of Georges Méliès, and dedicated much of her life to documenting, preserving, and exhibiting the extraordinary work of Georges Méliès, with whom she lived as a young girl. Beginning with her work at the Cinémathèque française during the 1940s, at a time when relatively few of Méliès’ films were thought to survive, she worked tirelessly for the next 75 years to locate surviving copies (which now number more than 200!) and to screen them for audiences around the world, often accompanying programs of her grandfather’s films with her own boniments. She founded the Cinémathèque Méliès and Les Amis de Georges Méliès, longstanding organizations that have done much to sustain the marvelous legacy of Méliès. She is the author of the invaluable Méliès, l’enchanteur (Hachette, 1973; Ramsay, 1995; rev. ed., La Tour verte, 2011) and editor of Méliès et la naissance du spectacle cinématographique (Klincksieck, 1984), the published proceedings of the first of a series of conferences held at the Centre culturel international that have been dedicated to the work of Méliès, the third of which took place in 2011 with Mme. Malthête-Méliès very much in attendance. She will be dearly missed by those who knew her, and is survived by her children, Anne-Marie Quévrain, Jean-François Malthête, and Jacques Malthête.

Tribute publication release by Roland Cosandey and Jacques Malthête:

Nous venons de mettre en ligne les Miscellanées Méliès 2 dédiés à la mémoire de Madeleine Malthête-Méliès.
C’est le meilleur hommage qu’on puisse lui rendre, avons-nous pensé:

Dans cette foisonnante contribution aux études méliésiennes, Madeleine Malthête-Méliès  figure à plus d’un titre et plus particulièrement par l’histoire de sa biographie de Georges Méliès, un dossier dont les informations proviennent en partie des conversations que nous avions eues encore récemment  avec elle:

— Roland Cosandey, Jacques Malthête, Madeleine Malthête-Méliès, Méliès l’enchanteur, Paris, Hachette, 1973. Un livre et ses alentours. Index des noms propres et des titres de film.

https://www.cinematheque.ch/fileadmin/user_upload/Expo/melies2/6_index_melies_1973.pdf

On y trouve, en prologue, la relation d’une rencontre que fait d’elle, jeune fille, un journaliste parisien, sous la fenêtre du château d’Orly, où il est venu voir Méliès et qu’il renoncera à déranger.