Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

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Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy−Blaché
Official poster
Directed byPamela B. Green
Produced by
  • Pamela B. Green
  • Cosima Littlewood
  • Gala Minasova
  • Joan Simon
Written by
  • Pamela B. Green
  • Joan Simon
Narrated byJodie Foster
Music byPeter G. Adams
Edited byPamela B. Green
Be Natural Productions
Release date
  • May 11, 2018 (2018-05-11) (Cannes)
  • April 19, 2019 (2019-04-19) (Theatrical release)
Running time
120 minutes, (original cut)
103 minutes (final cut)
CountryUnited States
Box office$112,413[1][2]

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché is a 2018 documentary about the first female filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché, directed by Pamela B. Green. It was screened out of competition at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics category.[3] It was nominated for the festival's L'Œil d'or documentary prize.[4] Be Natural went on to screen at Telluride, Deauville American Film Festival, New York Film Festival, and London BFI Film Festival.


Narrated by Jodie Foster, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché is a two-hour feature documentary investigating the full scope of the life and work of cinema's first female director, screenwriter, producer, and studio owner Alice Guy-Blaché.[5]


The project was launched with a successful Kickstarter campaign, which prompted other crowdfunding opportunities.[6]

Critical response[edit]

Reviews for the version of the film screened at Cannes were generally positive, with Deadline's Pete Hammond claiming it to be perhaps "The Best (And Least-Seen) Film in Cannes."[7] Overall, critics positively reviewed the film. On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 96% approval rating based on 46 reviews.[8] Reviewing for The Hollywood Reporter, Leslie Felperin considered that Be Natural "represents a timely contribution to the international conversation about the challenges facing women filmmakers while also boosting the reputation of someone who really should be better known by now as a role model. As a teaching and consciousness-raising tool, it will be an indispensable resource."[9] A. O. Scott for The New York Times wrote, "Be Natural is inspiring because it is also appalling."[10]

In a less positive review, Jay Weissberg wrote in Variety: "there's that title, The Untold Story, which ignores a number of earlier documentaries not to mention the significant amount of scholarship on pioneering filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché. ... These are what can be called inconvenient truths, for Pamela B. Green, director of Be Natural, is on a mission to discover why—supposedly—no one has ever heard of Alice Guy-Blaché."[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

On October 14, 2019, Be Natural was nominated for a Critics Choice Documentary Award for Best First Documentary Feature.[12]


  1. ^ "Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019)". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019)". The Numbers. IMDb. Retrieved October 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blanché - Festival de Cannes". Festival de Cannes. Archived from the original on 2018-06-29. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  4. ^ "2018 Competition".
  5. ^ "Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché - Film, Trailer, Kritik". Archived from the original on 2018-07-10. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Be Natural: The untold story of Alice Guy-Blaché". Kickstarter. Archived from the original on 2018-08-01. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  7. ^ Hammond, Pete (May 14, 2018). "Why 'Be Natural', The Documentary About The First Female Director, May Be The Best (And Least-Seen) Film In Cannes". Archived from the original on 2018-06-15. Retrieved 2018-07-10.
  8. ^ "Be Natural - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "'Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blache': Film Review - Cannes 2018". Archived from the original on 2018-08-17. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  10. ^ Scott, A. O. (April 25, 2019). "'Be Natural' Review: Rescuing Alice Guy Blaché, a Film Pioneer, From Oblivion". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-07-24.
  11. ^ Weissberg, Jay (31 May 2018). "Film Review: 'Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché'". Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  12. ^ Hammond, Pete; Hammond, Pete (2019-10-14). "'Biggest Little Farm', Peter Jackson, 'Apollo 11′ Top Critics' Choice Documentary Awards Nominations". Deadline. Retrieved 2019-10-14.

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