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BE NATURAL: THE UNTOLD STORY OF ALICE GUY-BLACHE
March 24, 2020  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 
Last year, when this documentary was released, and streamed on Amazon, I reviewed it for Fresh Air – and was both excited and embarrassed to learn so much about a pioneering filmmaker of the silent era about whom I was virtually ignorant. It was a feeling amplified by the fact that this French film director, who was there in Paris to witness the very first public motion picture showing by the Lumiere brothers, ended up moving to America and making some of her later movies right in my current home state of New Jersey. (The two-word banner hung in her New Jersey movie studio was an ever-present reminder to her actors, and provides this documentary’s main title: “Be Natural.”) Jodie Foster narrates.
 
 
 
 
 
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