Bernard Natan was running France’s most successful production company, Pathé, in the 1920’s and 1930’s and was essentially one of the fathers of French cinema. Why has his name been completely erased from the history of cinema? Persecuted for his Romanian-Jewish heritage, Natan encountered fierce anti-semitism, and was defamed as a pornographer in what can be viewed as the film world’s Dreyfus Affair. Filmmakers David Cairns and Paul Duane investigate the rumours and falsehoods that have surrounded Natan’s story for decades. Produced by the maker of the acclaimed Cameraman: The Life & Work of Jack Cardiff, and selected by Indiewire as one of the “10 Best Films” of the 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival.
Warning: graphic sexual imagery