Review: BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHE Is A Great Doc About Cinema History

FIRST IMPRESSION

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché tells the interesting story of a mostly unknown but extremely important figure in film history.
Directing
Entertainment Value
Technical Merit

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché is a new documentary directed by Pamela B. Green about the life and career of Alice Guy-Blaché, the first female filmmaker. The movie offers a unique and interesting perspective on the early film industry and the people who helped shape it into what it is today.

The story of the documentary is definitely very fascinating especially if you are interested in the history of film. As the title implies, this is an important story that is unfortunately unknown by many. It is likely that by the end of the movie you will be shocked by the fact that the story is not more widely recognized because of how revolutionary a talent Guy was.

The film does a great job of establishing Guy as someone who is fighting the odds that are stacked against her in a way that is compelling and emotional. The struggles that she faces are definitely very sympathetic and will stretch the movie beyond its core audience of cinephiles because of their universality and resonance.

The message of the film is one that will prove to be quite empowering, especially for aspiring female artists. Guy’s journey from secretary to one of the biggest hidden talents of early film history is undeniably inspiring, and should show that anyone can achieve success if they are dedicated and passionate enough.

be natural party

Most of the movie is relatively well-paced, with the film being able to maintain the audience’s interest because of the captivating nature of the story. There are a few points in which the movie seems to jump out of chronological order, but this is not very distracting, as the film always gets back on track.

The movie is told through a combination of archival footage, interviews, and narration from Academy Award-winning actress/filmmaker Jodie Foster. The interviews are quite interesting and provide necessary context as to Guy’s contributions and effects on the modern film industry. Perhaps most revealing are those interviews with current minority leaders in cinema such as actress/filmmaker Lake Bell (In A World…) or director Jon M. Chu (Crazy Rich Asians).

On a technical level, the film is very well-done. Everything about the movie’s execution is professional, but not formal to an extent that the film as a whole would feel overly stiff. The editing is quite good, the combination of the different methods of storytelling being quite effective. Additionally, the movie successfully incorporates footage from Guy’s films (some of which are very hard to find).

Overall, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blanché is an enjoyable and informative documentary. Although its core audience will likely be those who already love film, there is still plenty to enjoy for a more casual viewer.

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché opens in theaters April 19.

TRENDING THIS WEEK

Star Trek: Lower Decks | Mid-Season Trailer | CBS All Access

"Star Trek: Lower Decks" is now streaming, only on CBS All Access. Watch the Mid-Season Trailer, which debuted during the "Star Trek: Lower Decks" panel on Star Trek Day. Visit http://www.cbs.com/lowerdecks to sign up for CBS All Access. Try 1 week FREE. Subscribe To "CBS All Access" Channel HERE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrRttZIypNTA1Mrfwo745Sg For more content from "Star…

INTERVIEW: Director Kyle Couch Talks The Tent And Learning From Filmmaking

The Tent is a survival film in a post-apocalyptic world directed by Kyle Couch and starring Tim Kaiser (Star Trek: Horizon) as David, a man surviving on his own until another survivor emerges and brings doubt to David’s way of life in the process.

‘I Am A Messenger’ Teaser | The Good Lord Bird | SHOWTIME

Ethan Hawke stars as abolitionist John Brown in a humorous, dramatic and historical tapestry of Antebellum America. A Limited Event Series based on the award winning novel by author James McBride. Watch the premiere on Sunday, October 4 at 9/8c on SHOWTIME. #SHOWTIME #TheGoodLordBird Subscribe to the SHOWTIME YouTube channel: http://goo.gl/esCMib Don’t have SHOWTIME? Order…

Star Trek: Lower Decks – Ep. 7, “Much Ado About Boimler” – Easter Eggs

The latest episode of Star Trek: Lower Decks pays homage to Star Trek: The Animated Series with an alien species seen in the 1973 episode "Mudd's Passion." Series Creator, Showrunner, and Executive Producer Mike McMahan elaborates. Stream all-new episodes of Star Trek: Lower Decks on Thursdays, exclusively in the U.S. on CBS All Access. Subscribe…

Search Party | Season 1 Episode 1 | HBO Max

Search Party finds a group of entitled, narcissistic twenty-somethings at a hilariously dark crossroads after their friend Dory (Alia Shawkat) becomes obsessed with tracking down a missing college acquaintance. Season 3 catches up with the gang as Dory and disgruntled ex-boyfriend Drew (John Reynolds) are tried for the semi-accidental murder of a private investigator. With…

Inside the World Ep. 2 | Power Book II: Ghost | STARZ

Hear it from the mastermind herself. Courtney Kemp breaks down episode 2 of #PowerGhost. Watch new episodes of Power Book II: Ghost Sundays on #STARZ. #PowerGhost #PowerBook2 #PowerNeverEnds #STARZ Subscribe to the STARZ YouTube Channel for more Power: http://bit.ly/1kalhP0 Get your special offer of the STARZ app: https://starz.tv/32s4aGT Like Power Book II: Ghost on Facebook:…

Good Morning, Verônica | Official Trailer | Netflix

A serial killer with no limits. A system full of flaws and several hopeless victims. Nothing will stop Verônica's in fighting for justice. Good morning, Verônica is coming on October 1st. SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/29qBUt7 About Netflix: Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 193 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series,…

Star Trek: Lower Decks – When Talking It Out Fails (Ep. 6, “Terminal Provocations”)

Captain Freeman (Dawnn Lewis) and the rest of the U.S.S. Cerritos bridge crew aren't exactly successful at reasoning with an antagonist. Space debris is weaponized. Stream all-new episodes of Star Trek: Lower Decks on Thursdays, exclusively in the U.S. on CBS All Access. Subscribe To "CBS All Access" Channel HERE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrRttZIypNTA1Mrfwo745Sg For more content from…
Avatar
Sean Boelman
Sean is a film student, aspiring filmmaker, and life-long cinephile. For as long as he can remember, he has always loved film, but he credits the film Pan's Labyrinth as having started his love of film as art. Sean enjoys watching many types of films, although some personal favorite genres include dramatic comedies, romantic comedies, heist films, and art horror.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here