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Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2018)

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Pamela B. Green's energetic film about pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Alice Guy ... Herself (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Abel Richard Abel ... Himself
Marc Abraham ... Himself
Stephanie Allain ... Herself
Gillian Armstrong ... Herself
John Bailey ... Himself
Cari Beauchamp ... Herself
Lake Bell ... Herself
Peter Billingsley ... Himself
James Bobin ... Himself
Serge Bromberg ... Himself
Kevin Brownlow Kevin Brownlow ... Himself
Jon M. Chu ... Himself
Diablo Cody ... Herself
Bobby Cohen Bobby Cohen ... Himself
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Pamela B. Green's energetic film about pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché is both a tribute and a detective story, tracing the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory and the path toward her reclamation.

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She saw the future through the Camera Lens

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USA

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English | French

Release Date:

7 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,237, 21 April 2019

Gross USA:

$115,265

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$130,940
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Quotes

Bob Channing: If it wasn't for people like you, she'd just remain buried.
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References Falling Leaves (1912) See more »

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14 October 2019 | by jfsinilSee all my reviews

I HAD heard of Guy-Blache, but then I have been a silent film geek for almost 50 years now. Have been catching what I can on-line of her work - so far, 1916 The Ocean Waif is the best, Doris Kenyon was a far more natural actress then Pickford or the Gish sisters based on that film.

I think that Simon could have skipped including so many phone interviews with distance relatives of Guy-Blache, (many of which could have used subtitles, I found them hard to understand) and included some longer clips of her actual films instead. It is obvious that a lot of work went into digging up information on Guy-Blache, and I appreciate it, but would rather have seen more of her work than her family life. Still, I gave it 9 out of 10 stars since the subject matter is so important to film history...and I LOVE the opening postcard collages that take the viewer back in time and across the ocean!


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