Film Review: Delve into the life of a forgotten cinema great, in Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché

If you were asked to name some of the greatest and most influential filmmakers, what names would spring to mind? Hitchcock, Kubrick, Spielberg, Tarantino? Perhaps Eisenstein or Chaplin? How about Alice Guy-Blaché? No? Luckily for you (and for Alice’s legacy), Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché is here to help.

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The Women of On The Town (1949)

I was six years old the first time I saw On The Town. It was love at first sight.

A film adaptation of Betty Comden and Adolph Green’s musical, On The Town follows three sailors on shore leave in New York City. When Gabey (Gene Kelly) catches sight of Ivy Smith (Vera-Ellen) posing as subway sweetheart Miss Turnstiles, he drags pals Chip (Frank Sinatra – be still my beating heart!) and Ozzie (Jules Munshin) around the city in a desperate bid to find her. Along the way, they pick up street smart cabbie Hildy (Betty Garrett), and anthropology student Claire (Ann Miller), and get ready for a real night on the town.

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