Pamela B. Green • United States • 2018 • A fascinating profile of a lost pioneer of early cinema.
Alice Guy-Blaché entered the film business in 1894, at the age of 21. By 23 she was installed as head of production at French company Gaumont and directed several films before moving to the United States with her husband, where she founded a new film outfit. When her career came to an abrupt end in 1919, however, both her films and legacy as the first female filmmaker were largely forgotten.
Featuring interviews with Agnès Varda, Ava DuVernay, and Julie Taymor, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache is a fascinating profile of a long lost pioneer of early cinema. Pamela B. Green’s directorial debut premiered at Cannes, Telluride, Göteborg, and Indielisboa. Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache is a New York Times Critic's Pick.