‘Be Natural’ Film Review: Documentary Celebrates Influential Female Filmmaker, Erased by History

‘Be Natural’ Film Review: Documentary Celebrates Influential Female Filmmaker, Erased by History
There are moments in Pamela B. Green’s “Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché,” a documentary on the pioneering filmmaker, where the form and construction of the film feel oppressively didactic, the ideas presented with a trying-too-hard energy as if to appeal to a child or a particularly checked-out student who thinks classic films are those made pre-Y2K.

Director Green and her co-writer Joan Simon are undeniably fighting an uphill battle if their goal is to get younger people interested in a movie about the first woman filmmaker. Perhaps it’s no wonder why they feature faces like Andy Samberg among the myriad interview subjects who become walk-on cameos — “Recognize this person?!” — more than substantial conveyors of information. Despite these misfires, the breadth of detail about not just film and Guy-Blaché’s body of work but also the actual process of how a woman’s work gets erased is jaw-dropping,
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