Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
Directed by Pamela B. Green
“A timely contribution to the conversation about the challenges facing women filmmakers . . . someone who really should be better known by now.” —Leslie Felperin, The Hollywood Reporter
Director Pamela B. Green has fashioned an engaging detective story about her path to uncover the truth about one of the first leading figures of cinema and how sexism and egos tried to erase the accomplishments of a successful woman.
Alice Guy-Blaché was a true pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she became head of production at Gaumont in France and started directing films. She and her husband moved to the United States, and she founded her own company, Solax, in 1910 they started in Flushing and moved to a bigger facility in Fort Lee, New Jersey.
But by 1919, Guy-Blaché’s career came to an abrupt end, and she and the 1,000 films that bore her name were largely forgotten. Pamela B. Green’s energetic film is both a tribute and a historian’s journey, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation. Narration by Jodie Foster. 2018, U.S., DCP, 103 minutes. Recommended for 12+.