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(535) 7.7 103 min 2018

Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché is a movie starring Alice Guy, Richard Abel, and Marc Abraham. Pamela B. Green's energetic film about pioneer filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché is both a tribute and a detective story,...

Alice Guy, Richard Abel, Stephanie Allain, Marc Abraham
Pamela B. Green

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Audio English  Deutsch  Italiano  Español  Français  Gaeilge  Svenska  Nederlands
Subtitles 日本語  Čeština  Português  Australia  한국어  Filipino  Tiếng Việt  हिन्दी 
Quality 480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres Documentary
Director Pamela B. Green
Writer Joan Simon, Pamela B. Green
Stars Alice Guy, Richard Abel, Stephanie Allain, Marc Abraham
Country USA
Also Known As Be Natural: A História não Contada da Primeira Cineasta do Mundo, Sé Natural: La vida de Alice Guy-Blaché - La primer cineasta del mundo, Be Natural, l'histoire inédite d'Alice Guy-Blaché, Ensimmäinen nainen: Alice Guy-Blaché, Bądź sobą, czyli nieopowiedziana historia Alice Guy-Blaché, Sé natural: la historia no explicada de Alice Guy-Blaché, Första kvinnan: Alice Guy-Blaché
Runtime 1H 43M
Description 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.

Top reviews

Wednesday, 08 Jul 2020 05:11

As mentioned in the opening of this film, one of the things that had me interested in the movie was the fact that it was shot in real life locations, a very telling contrast to the television coverage that so many of us are forced to sit through. As I listened to the acting of the actors, I was surprised to find that most of the actors seemed to have been involved in the same profession, and many had a particular subject to comment on. I found that both women and men seemed to be in agreement that if you do not want your friends to see you naked, that you must tell them you are ill, or something like that. This is true whether the victim of sexual assault is male or female. In the case of Alice Guy-Blaché, she had to tell her friends and family that she was paralyzed in a car accident. Several of her friends commented on how ridiculous this was, and she said, "How can you say you are paralyzed and then say that you are feeling better." This was an example of what I saw as the disconnect between these two points of view, and while the acting did not strike me as lacking any artistic merit, it left me with the impression that the actors may have been thinking of their career goals and in trying to be honest, that they were, in effect, trying to deflect the story of their behavior. However, this line of thought must be tempered with what I saw as a lack of true artistic value. It seems that many of the issues that people with disabilities face are not being explored in a respectful and enlightening manner. For example, as a female sexual assault victim myself, I can understand how one might feel uneasy when watching this film. However, I would ask that everyone considering watching this film to remember that this is a subject that has become more prevalent, and that it is not a matter of whether one will or will not talk about it, but rather, what you will do about it.
Saturday, 04 Jul 2020 12:55

I just saw the film yesterday evening and for one of the first times ever, I was genuinely impressed with what I saw. Yes, the film was crude, gratuitous, just about every bad thing you can think of. But I left the cinema feeling refreshed about the world we live in. But, the point of this film is to highlight a great nation and the role that nature played in our past. Simply put, it shows how nature is a source of beauty for everyone of us and a source of threat. Throughout this film, we are shown pictures of wildlife throughout. One image that is haunting is a scene with a white wolf in a field. As soon as they go through the fence, there is no question that they are having a great time. From that moment on, they let their guard down, letting their aggression show. But, the scene is simply beautiful and moving. They turn around to run, only to have the wolf take them off their feet by pouncing on them. This is what nature is like, when it appears to be harmless and let's a few individuals have a little fun. Nature is doing the right thing. I also felt a lot of compassion for the animals that make up this land and just for their sake. That energy of natural beauty can be overlooked. Some of us have embraced this beauty in our everyday lives. But others of us have never taken the time to appreciate it. Why? Because it is only a symbol of what nature does and a side of our selves that we deny. The world doesn't need more movies like this. They can be boring, they can be flat, they can be harsh, but they can at least make a point. I hope that they encourage people to love and appreciate the natural world, because nature is beautiful and that it is our responsibility to protect it.
Saturday, 13 Jun 2020 02:32

Alice is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen, because it's more than a film about Alice: it is about the struggle for acceptance, how a gay woman can express her sexuality and how society and the media at large don't allow her to achieve her goals. The problem is that this is so strong an important story it's hard to discuss. You have to see it to understand it. But you see it anyway, because you want to know what happened, you want to be able to relate to it and you want to be the first to tell someone about it. This is the power of this movie: it touches you, it causes you to question everything and to ask: "What is truth, justice and beauty?" If you take it as a movie, you're lucky. But if you take it as a documentary, this is more powerful: this is not your average Hollywood documentary, it's one of the rare documentaries that so strongly engages you, even if you know how this story will end, you feel how much it hurts to live life without acceptance and you feel the need to speak up about it. I've never seen anything like it, and if this doesn't inspire you to do something for your community, to make this issue a conversation in your society, then nothing will. If this doesn't inspire you to do something for your community, then nothing will. This is the story of how Alice Guy-Blaché became the iconic transgender woman we know today. This is the story of how an immigrant family makes it, how a person of colour and a Jew from Algeria got accepted and celebrated in New York City, and how they continue to make their way despite the bigotry that they face daily, and how you can not only be trans but to also be gay, bisexual and a woman, and how much harder is it to be accepted in the world. I want everyone to see this, be proud and be inspired.
Thursday, 11 Jun 2020 13:17

I am a huge fan of the real life 'Alice Guy-Blaché' and I watched this documentary as part of an upcoming project to further my understanding of the fascinating woman who went into hiding after her husband (who she often considered her only living relative) was accused of murdering their daughter. The documentary wasn't completely all about her, but more of the investigation that was conducted in the days after the murders, especially the police efforts to find the person responsible. Most of the time the focus is on the three witnesses to the murders and the friends they made during their search for her. One of those witnesses was Roxy Dunbar (played by Melanie Griffith), who is now an acclaimed actress and a filmmaker. When the 'Zeroes' documentary was released, she did an interview with Alice Guy-Blaché (she had died of cancer prior to this), and she told how tough it was to find a job at the time and that she was concerned about getting too old and too sick for her son to go on a date with her daughter. The other witness (played by Patrick Stewart), was a lawyer who even went to jail for the murder of his wife, but didn't go to trial (which is not a surprise considering he was a strong defense attorney in the case). The third witness (played by the great Oscar-winner Jude Law), was a homeless woman who was found with an escape hatch from her apartment. She wasn't allowed to have contact with the outside world until her death, and ended up dying from pneumonia shortly after the case was solved. It was during these interviews that the documentary kept exploring the medical aspects of Alice's illness and that it was a nervous disorder (like Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). There was also a lot of talk about how she wasn't crazy (at least she was until the real-life 'Alice Guy-Blaché' called in her sister in a desperate attempt to end her suffering) and was able to muster up the strength to leave her mental disorder behind for at least a little while. I have been a big fan of her since the early '80s, and watched the documentary to learn more about her. It was a good documentary, but it wasn't completely all about her, and it didn't completely cover the true story of her case.
Sunday, 07 Jun 2020 21:01

It is one of the most critically acclaimed documentaries on the Discovery Channel, but Alice has been dismissed by the average viewer because the doc is a bit too focused on her clinical ambitions and her personal problems. But does it make it a bad documentary? Not really. There is no commentaries and no interviews with Alice's original doctors and other colleagues, they just say the facts about her story and that's it. Why does she have to be in such a documentary? Because it's part of her inner transformation, right? So, you're going to find it difficult to hold your tears when you see the documentary, but if you're a fan of Alice, this is definitely a good idea for you to watch this film. It is not a film that will bring you down with its content, but it is a good film for those who want to learn more about what makes a person who she is, especially the first time around. I think she is one of the most interesting person in our society, because she chose the way of her life that suits her, and what matters to her is not money, it's not fame, but she has lots of hope in life and she is not being criticized because of her health. Maybe, it is a good idea for a woman who has suffered from this diagnosis to see this doc, because she might be more inspired and inspired by her own personal journey. And for those who don't have the connection to this topic, I think it is a good idea to watch this doc and at least know that she didn't die of an illness, she died of a breakdown.
Saturday, 30 May 2020 12:42

I always wondered about the woman who became famous as a teenager, and never knew of her connection with a pop star. In the documentary that follows the life of Alice, the documentary maker Catherine Lacy appears and tells us that the film was made by a female filmmaker because it doesn't have any male actors in it. The documentary itself is highly enjoyable, but also it has some questionable subjects. As an American, I find it hard to accept the fact that a country where only two women have ever been elected President, and most of the music is produced by men is controlled by a man. I also find it very hard to accept that a country whose annual gross domestic product is the fourth highest in the world, and where the ratio of women to men is the lowest in the world, has a woman as President of the US. Of course, they need a woman to say "Women are welcome in the military!" I don't know if the country we live in is the right place to evaluate the way in which women are treated in the United States, but I guess that to this country we are better than to let things get out of hand. Catherine Lacy is an actor, and she uses her art to comment on some issues that I personally don't like. She has a very strong voice, but she doesn't reveal too much in her comments. She is also a good dancer, and she showed us that in this documentary. It was hard for me to accept that she has become famous not by her acting, but by her dance work. Anyway, I guess this is a very interesting documentary. Catherine Lacy, and Catherine Lacy, the director of Alice Lacy, was a very good choice for the movie.
Saturday, 16 May 2020 03:19

Two things make this movie so very interesting. One, is the director, Joshua Bloom, who is clearly using his creative genius to tell a story, not a biography. And two, is the project, as an excellent set of photos on a famous school, including that of a famous cat. I think all those things are very important for telling a story and they make this movie very interesting. Mr. Bloom gives us so many different sources of inspiration from not just other photographers, but also from the four founders of the School: Glenn Gould, who created the iconic album cover for Nena, John Lennon, Gershwin and Robert Rauschenberg, and the students themselves. The photography, which is mostly hand-held, which would've been very difficult, but the actors and the actors giving their lines are able to make this film a more genuine, more reality based film. And when the film ends, the viewer is also able to see something the film has not told us: that there was a hidden meaning in the photography of the four founders. In fact, this is a very intriguing film, in the sense of what a filmmaker does to tell a story, but in the sense that the filmmaker, Joshua Bloom, who did it for his art, and not as a journalism job, has told a story which is interesting, powerful and revealing. And this is all thanks to the photographs in the film, which are so extraordinary that they are always interesting, and thus, useful, and so is the performance of the actors. Everyone, be it the first and second generations, will want to see this film, and I'm sure, this is one of the most important films of 2012. But be warned: It is worth it.

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