Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Friday, April 5, 2019: 

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

French-born Alice Guy-Blaché (1873–1968) saw the future through the camera lens and became the world’s first female filmmaker. She made her first film at 21 and was appointed head of production at France’s Gaumont studio just two years later. After moving to the U.S. she founded her own company in 1910 and made 1,000 films that experimented with colorization, sound, and special effects. The film’s title comes from her customary instruction to her actors: “Be natural.” Jodie Foster narrates this energetic documentary celebrating Guy-Blaché’s major role in the history of cinema.

“A detective story wrapped up as a biopic … had me in tears by the time it ended. A stirring document of an amazing filmmaker!” —Deadline Hollywood

“A timely contribution to the conversation about the challenges facing women filmmakers … someone who really should be better known by now.” —the Hollywood Reporter

• Read a review from the Los Angeles Times.

• Read an interview with director Pamela Green.