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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Loving (2016)

Do not miss this beautifully crafted movie about the case that led to the Supreme Court ruling that it was unequal protection under the law to prevent people of different skin colors from marrying.  It got only one Academy Award nomination, for Best Actress, but it is exceptional in a quiet way.  It reiterates the fact that at the time people believed it was against the will of god to allow such marriages.  Although we all know that a careful reading of the Bible will not find god weigh in in on this, or gay marriage either.  Just something people wanted to be true so they said it was so. 
The film is a rare mainstream film that provokes frustration and rage without resorting to monologues or melodrama. Which is something to see in and of itself.  The two people at the center of this period drama aren’t prone to long speeches. They’re quiet, conservative, almost shy folk who ended up at the center of one of the most important Supreme Court cases of the ‘60s by virtue of falling in love, getting married and having children. Nichols’ approach is careful, reserved and deeply considerate of the human story he’s trying to tell.  Simply gorgeous.

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