Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
DIRECTOR: PAMELA B. GREEN
CAST: ALICE GUY-BLACHé
In 1896, at age 23, Alice Guy-Blaché, then the secretary to French film pioneer Léon Gaumont, directed her first movie, La Fée aux Choux. Film had been used at that point mostly as a means of documentation, but the young innovator had a sense that cinema could just as well be put to fiction narratives. A year later she had become head of production at Gaumont, and for more than twenty years afterwards, Guy-Blaché helped to invent and refine the language of cinema, both in her native country and in the U. S., developing a naturalistic style of screen performance while tackling various hot-button issues of her day, even shooting the earliest known surviving narrative film with an all-black cast. Guy-Blaché’s landmark achievements have been obscured through decades of film history focusing on male genius, but Pamela B. Green’s necessary documentary, narrated by Jodie Foster and featuring testimony from Ava DuVernay, Patty Jenkins, and others, returns her to her rightful place in the pantheon. An official selection of the Cannes, Telluride, Deauville American, BFI London, and New York Film Festivals.
Academy-qualifying run—one week only.