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Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

  • Film
  • 4 out of 5 stars
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy Blache
Photograph: from ‘Playing With Fire’ Courtesy of Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research
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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars

Pamela B. Green's energetic documentary about a pioneering but overlooked female director is a reminder of how little has changed for women in film.

Alice Guy-Blaché was the first female filmmaker yet criminally overlooked by history – something Pamela B. Green sets out to correct in this educational and entertaining film.

Beautifully narrated by Jodie Foster, it tells how the French secretary made her first film in 1896 and rose through the ranks of a Parisian studio. There’s a flavour of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ as Green’s research forms a picture of a formidable, fiercely talented woman who broke new ground and refused to conform, asking her actors to ‘be natural’. Sadly, this is still very pertinent to the current conversation around female directors. The ingrained sexism it highlights could form the basis of several sequels.

Written by
Anna Smith

Release Details

  • Rated:PG
  • Release date:Friday 17 January 2020
  • Duration:103 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Pamela Green
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