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Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

Pamela B. Green

Narrated by Jodie Foster, this documentary shines a light on the first female filmmaker, Alice Guy-Blaché, and explores the heights of fame and financial success she achieved before she was shut out out of the industry.

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Guy-Blaché started her career as a secretary to Léon Gaumont and, at 23, was inspired to make her own film called La Fée aux Choux (The Cabbage Fairy), one of the first narrative films ever made. Over the span of her career, she wrote, produced or directed 1,000 films, including 150 with synchronized sound during the ‘silent’ era. She also etched a place in history by making the earliest known surviving narrative film with an all-black cast. Green has dedicated more than eight years of research in order to discover the real story of this fascinating filmmaker.