Cinema Capitol (230 W. Dominick St.) will present the documentary BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHÉ from Thursday, August 8-Thursday, August 15. Special show times have been added to coincide with the Capitol’s CAPITOLFEST film festival.
Alice Guy-Blaché was a pioneer who got into the movie business at the very beginning – in 1894, at the age of 21. Two years later, she was made head of production at Gaumont film company and started directing films. She and her husband moved to the United States, and she founded her own company in 1910. But by 1919, Guy-Blaché’s career came to an abrupt end, and she and the 1,000 films that bore her name were largely forgotten. Pamela B. Green’s energetic documentary 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. The movie is narrated by Jodie Foster.
Well-liked by experts and novices of film history alike, the NEW YORK TIMES writes “By the end of BE NATURAL, you won’t only have a clear idea of who this remarkable woman was; you may well have acquired a new taste in old movies.” Meanwhile, The SYDNEY MORNING HERALD writes that the “film is a must for aficionados.” The documentary has a 98 percent rating on ROTTEN TOMATOES.
BE NATURAL runs 103 minutes and is not rated. Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for students and military, and $6 for Capitol Friends. Individuals who have registered for any portion of CAPITOLFEST will also be eligible for the Capitol Friend rate.