Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché (2019)
1h 43min | English | Pamela B. Green
Beautifully narrated by Jodie Foster, it tells how the French secretary made her first film in 1896 and rose through the ranks of a Parisian studio. There’s a flavor of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ as Green’s research forms a picture of a formidable, fiercely talented woman who broke new ground and refused to conform, asking her actors to ‘be natural’. Sadly, this is still very pertinent to the current conversation around female directors. The ingrained sexism it highlights could form the basis of several sequels.