A new trailer for “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché” highlights a highly influential pioneer of filmmaking. Alice Guy-Blaché, a French filmmaker, was a pioneer in narrative fiction filmmaking. In addition, she may have been the only female filmmaker in the world from 1896 to 1906.
It’s very likely the average filmgoer does not know her name. However, that just makes her story more worthy to tell. 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.
Pamela B. Green serves as director, editor, and producer. Green dedicated eight years of research to tell this story, even uncovering rare footage of interviews and archived audio.
Interviewees in the documentary include Patty Jenkins, Diablo Cody, Ben Kingsley, Geena Davis, Ava DuVernay, Andy Samberg, Evan Rachel Wood, Lake Bell, and Julie Delpy among many others. Jodie Foster, in addition, narrates the film.
The film looks to be a love letter to historians, which is always a good thing. Hopefully this film will also catch on to inspire future female filmmakers. With all the necessary discussion of diversity behind the camera, there is a tendency to forget the actual filmmakers who are doing great work. This documentary looks to remind us that women filmmakers in history were just as influential as men and they should not be forgotten..
The film premiered at Cannes, Telluride, New York, Deauville, and London Film Festival in 2018.