Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché
American documentary, colour, 2018, by Pamela B. Green, Language: English, Subtitles: Hungarian, 103'
Directed by Pamela B. Green
Screenplay by Pamela B. Green, Joan Simon
Director of photography: Boubkar Benzabat, Joshua Lassing, Sebastian Thaler, Alexandra Useche
Music by Peter G. Adams
Cast: Alice Guy, Richard Abel, Marc Abraham, Stephanie Allain, Gillian Armstrong, John Bailey, Cari Beauchamp
Production: Light Iron, Scarlet Letters, Skywalker Sound
Many Hollywood celebrities are interviewed in this documentary, and from Geena Davis to Peter Bogdanovics, none of them know who is Alice Guy. This points to the reason for the making of this film: to draw the world’s attention to the first woman film director and to her significance within the history of cinematographic art. It is no accident that it gives the impression of flipping through a picture book, as Alice Guy’s diverse body of workand interesting life is indeed as colourful as any album. As an employee of Gaumont, she made her first film one year after the invention of moving pictures, one which depicted more than just movement, but also ideas and humour. She was the first to work with actual African-French actors, that is not white actors in blackface, and Alice Guy is shown in this film to have been ahead of her time in many other respects as well. To cite only one more example, she was the first to make a film with a feminist perspective.