"Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy Blaché" Resurrects Female Filmmaker from Obscurity
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"I knew absolutely nothing about Alice Guy Blaché, which was amazing to me."
Have you heard of the name Alice Guy Blaché? Most people haven’t. She was one of the first filmmakers in existence and came up with many techniques and themes in her films that are still used today. Only twenty-three when she made her first film, she went on to write, direct, edit, and produce many others.
How did someone as pioneering as Alice Guy Blaché disappear onto the shelves of history? The documentary film by Pamela B. Green Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy Blaché hopes to bring Blaché back from obscurity. It is a tribute to the filmmaker, highlighting her work, techniques, and overall artistry. It is also seen as a detective story into her disappearance from film history. Narrated by Executive Producer Jodie Foster, the documentary invites an array of actors, filmmakers, and historians to discuss the legacy of Alice Guy Blaché and what her contribution means to film.
First screened at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, it has made its way through the film festival circuit, and opens on IFC in New York City today.