Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (PG)

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Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (PG)

1hr 40mins | English

Directed by Pamela B. Green

Narrated by Jodie Foster

2018 Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics category

Nominated for the festival's L'Œil d'or documentary prize

Nominated for Critics' Choice Best First Documentary Feature Award

Telluride Film Festival

New York Film Festival

London BFI Film Festival


Synopsis

When Alice Guy-Blaché completed her first film in 1896 Paris, she was not only the first female filmmaker, but one of the first directors ever to make a narrative film. In Be Natural, Pamela B. Green acts as a detective, revealing the real story of Guy-Blaché and highlighting her pioneering contributions to the birth of cinema and her acclaim as a creative force and entrepreneur in the earliest years of movie-making.

Narrated by Jodie Foster, the film features commentary from Diablo Cody, Geena Davis, Julie Delpy, Ava DuVernay, Michel Hazanavicius, Patty Jenkins, Ben Kingsley, Andy Samberg, Agnès Varda, Evan Rachel Wood and more.

Reviews

★★★★★ a love letter to early cinema and a fascinating detective story all in one - Eye For Film

★★★★★ a timely celebration of a true pioneer of early cinema - Total Film

★★★★ hectic, garrulous, fascinating - The Guardian

★★★★ timely documentary recalls the life of a pioneering female director - Financial Times

★★★★ Educational and entertaining - Time Out

★★★★ It's a commendable revival of the legacy of one of cinema's pioneering female figure - Empire

“A scrupulously well-researched documentary” The Hollywood Reporter