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Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

2018, Pamela B. Green, USA, 103 min.
Narrated by Jodie Foster

Show Times

  • Fri, May 24th 2:00pm
  • Sat, May 25th 4:30pm
  • Sun, May 26th 6:00pm
  • Tue, May 28th 7:45pm
First Chicago run!

"Illuminating...Green's film serves as an incredibly necessary tonic, reestablishing the prominent role of women at the advent of cinema."—Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times

"A lively, entertaining and visually appealing film...ought to be mandatory viewing for very film student and filmmaker."—Leonard Maltin

Alice Guy-Blaché was the first important woman filmmaker, yet her place in film history has been often overlooked. She directed her first film in 1896, became head of production at the powerful Gaumont company at age 24, and went on to direct, write, or produce over 1,000 movies, many of them at the studio she co-founded in Fort Lee, New Jersey. She was instrumental in the evolution of narrative cinema, film comedy, and early sound cinema. Returning to France after the collapse of her studio, she was consigned to inactivity by a forgetful movie industry for the last five decades of her life. Director Green spent eight years researching her subject, digging up lost films, artifacts, and rare interview material. Rather than confining the film to a recitation of past history, she makes her detective-like search for the truth about Alice Guy-Blaché an integral part of the film, involving us in the process of discovery of a still vital motion picture pioneer. DCP digital. (MR)

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