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Pamela B. Green's energetic film about pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché is both a tribute and a detective story tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation.
Pamela B. Green
Jodie Foster (narrator) Evan Rachel Wood Ava DuVernay Julie Delpy Agnès Varda Ben Kingsley Michel Hazanavicius Catherine Hardwicke Julie Taymor Gale Ann Hurb
NR 1 hour, 43 minutes

8.23.198.29.19

BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHE

by Pamela B. Green

Pamela B. Green's energetic film about pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché is both a tribute and a detective story tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation.

Synopsis

Director Pamela B. Green will be appearing at the opening night screening of her movie on Friday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. to participate in a Q+A with the audience.

Narrated by Jodie Foster, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché is a documentary about the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, which explores the heights of fame and financial success she achieved before she was shut out from the very industry she helped create. Guy-Blaché started her career as a secretary to Léon Gaumont and, at 23, was inspired to make her own film called La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy), one of the first narrative films ever made. After her filmmaking career at Gaumont (1896-1907), she had a second decade-long career in the U.S., where she built and ran her own studio in Fort Lee, N.J.

Over the span of her career, she wrote, produced or directed 1,000 films, including 150 with synchronized sound during the ‘silent’ era. Her work includes comedies, westerns and dramas, as well as films with groundbreaking subject matter such as child abuse, immigration, Planned Parenthood, and female empowerment. She also etched a place in history by making the earliest known surviving narrative film with an all-black cast.

Green has dedicated more than eight years of research in order to discover the real story of Alice Guy-Blaché (1873-1968) – not only highlighting her pioneering contributions to the birth of cinema but also her acclaim as a creative force and entrepreneur in the earliest years of movie-making. Green interviewed Patty Jenkins, Diablo Cody, Ben Kingsley, Geena Davis, Ava DuVernay, Michel Hazanavicius, and Julie Delpy - to name a few--who comment on Guy-Blache’s innovations. Green discovered rare footage of televised interviews and long archived audio interviews which can be heard for the first time in Be Natural, which affords Alice Guy-Blaché to tell her own story.


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With

Jodie Foster (narrator), Evan Rachel Wood, Ava DuVernay, Julie Delpy, Agnès Varda, Ben Kingsley, Michel Hazanavicius, Catherine Hardwicke, Julie Taymor, Gale Ann Hurb

Director

Pamela B. Green

Run time

1 hour, 43 minutes

Released

April 19, 2019

Distributed by

Matson Films

Country

United States

Hearing Assistance

Assisted Listening Devices Available

Showing

Aug 23 through Aug 29

Showtimes for the upcoming week are published on Tuesdays. Please check back for additional times as they are added.

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Many of the films shown at The Ross are not rated due to the prohibitive cost of acquiring a rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. Consequently, as many of these films contain graphic content, viewer discretion is advised.

Reviews

Scott Tobias NPR
A.O. Scott The New York Times
Ann Hornaday The Washington Post

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