Be Natural: The Untold Story Of Alice Guy-Blaché (H
Detail: Alice Guy-Blaché on set of 'The Life of Christ', 1906. Courtesy of Collection Société française de photographie

ACMI Presents

Be Natural: The Untold Story Of Alice Guy-Blaché

Pamela B. Green | USA | | G

Pamela B. Green’s rousing call-to-arms to remember celebrates and preserves the work of one of the most significant pioneers of cinema.

Cineastes, film nerds and feminists alike will be gripped by this documentary portrait.

Times (UK)

In her luminous and illuminating documentary, Pamela B. Green effectively rewrites history by examining the life of one of the great pioneers of cinema who was curiously left out of the history books.

With a career spanning three decades, operations spanning two continents and a creative output of over a thousand films Guy-Blaché was enormously productive and incredibly savvy. Aside from this, though, her works displayed an emotional impact and narrative complexity that stood out amongst the early factual spectacles of the era – in fact, it is said that she invented narrative cinema.

Filmmakers including Patty Jenkins, Diablo Cody, Julie Delpy, Ava DuVernay and narrator Jodie Foster frame this amazing life story which colours-in some much-needed detail of this otherwise hazy chapter of cinema.

Format: Digital
Language: English and French with English subtitles
Source: The Backlot Films
Courtesy: The Backlot Films
Duration: 103 min

Learn more

WATCH: Jodie Foster & Pamela B. Green on the Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
NYFF56, Film at Lincoln Center, 26 Oct 2018

READ: Alice Guy-Blaché: female filmmaking pioneer
Caitlin Cronin, ACMI, 3 Jul 2020

READ: The Goddesses of Early Cinema
Chelsey O'Brien, ACMI, 18 Mar 2020


19 Nov 2020 – 7 Apr 2021


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