VBMA TUESDAY’S FLICK PICK
Tuesday, May 5
Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy Blache (2019)
In 1896, at the age of 23, Alice Guy-Blaché was the first female director and a powerful figure in film. At a time when women rarely held jobs outside stenography and domestic work, she ran productions, pioneered cinematic language, and started her own film studio. Despite the 1,000 films that bore her name, she was left out of several history books, her legacy questioned and her work attributed to male assistants and actors. Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché traces the circumstances by which this extraordinary artist faded from memory. Narrated by Jodie Foster.
Available to stream on Vudu and Amazon Prime for a small fee.
This film brought to mind the many innovative and groundbreaking artists in the VBMA’s collection. Elizabeth Murray created distinctively shaped canvases that break with the art-historical tradition of illusionistic space in two dimensions. Murray’s paintings blur the lines between painting as an object that juts from the wall in sculptural form and painting as a space for depicting objects. The VBMA’s print, Clockworks, captures the playful and energetic interplay of color and form that characterize many of Murray’s paintings.
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