Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

classified PG PS

Film

Please note: This was screened in March 2020

Director:
Pamela B. Green
Cast:
Alice Guy, Richard Abel, Marc Abraham
Details:
103 mins, Partially Subtitled, 2018, USA
Primary language:
English | French

This timely documentary, narrated by Jodie Foster, recalls the extraordinary life of pioneering female director Alice Guy-Blaché.

Alice Guy-Blaché was 21 in 1894, when she begun working in the film industry. Two years later, she was made head of production at Gaumont and started directing films. She and her husband moved from France to the U.S, where she founded her own company, Solax, in 1910. But by 1919 her career came to an abrupt end, and she and the thousands of films that bore her name were largely forgotten...

Pamela B. Green goes on a bustling journey across continents in this documentary to discover Guy-Blaché’s work and unearth why she vanished from the filmmaking industry (only 140 of the 1000 films that Alice made have ever been shown), unveiling surviving material, testimonies and archive interviews. Be Natural is an exciting investigatory documentary and a long overdue homage to one of film’s earliest - and seemingly most neglected - pioneers.

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