Loving

Loving

DVD - 2017
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The story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, [2017]
Branch Call Number: DVD DRAMA Lov
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
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digital,optical,surround,stereo,Dolby Digital 5.1,Dolby Digital 2.0
1 videodisc (2 hr., 3 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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Angie206
Oct 01, 2017

This movie is based on a true story! The movie could of been better if they would of delved in more about these two meek individuals who fought for civil rights and pioneered new laws and the way we think about love.

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mr_chocolate
Sep 20, 2017

Based upon a real story, this well crafted film focused on the love between two people living in the state of Virginia, where in 1958, interracial marriages where illegal. This film is with little dialogue, only used where needed, and covers a period of 15 years of these people.
I do not know if the film left out the violence one was expecting with the white Virginians, especially when a white male was openly affectionate with a coloured woman, or if this rural area, was especially docile with their love for each other?
The bonus features after the film, stated that the writer, director etc, did not want it to be a "court room film,", which it was not. What it does do is show the perseverance of the love between two humble and quite people that fell in love with each other, despite the race laws.
The actor Colin Firth is interviewed, and is one of the producers of the film, and ends with a statement from the current Virginian Governor, proudly saying how far laws have progressed.
Recommended.

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uncommonreader
Sep 05, 2017

An important story told in an understated way, but without the racism to which the couple was no doubt subjected.

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lindy919
Aug 27, 2017

This is a completely underwhelming film that should have been much, much better. I completely blame the writer/director for muting down everything to the point that their struggle comes across as a mere inconvenience. Aside from the initial incident where wife spends the weekend in jail, and husband stays less than a day (WOW, BIG DEAL!), there is nothing that comes close to depicting the racism THAT PERMEATED our pre-Civil Rights South. Everyone, even the sheriff, seems sympathetic to their plight except for one outburst from the wife's sister. The husband has no trouble finding work; there are no rocks thrown through windows; no one gets beaten up standing up for equality; the ACLU swoops in and makes everything better, seemingly overnight.

This is the kind of wimpy, sugar-coated movie that reinforces the silly notion that black people didn't really have it that tough, especially not during one of the toughest periods in our history.

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QuentinHayes
Aug 26, 2017

Beautifully unsentimental handling of civil rights. I was so pleasantly surprised that this movie dealt with the issue of marriage rights in such a matter of fact way.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 14, 2017

This is a deeply felt film about a landmark Supreme Court case (Loving vs. Virginia) brought by an interracial couple. As many have said, it's a great story, but it's a bit slow. Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton are the Lovings, Nick Kroll, in a surprising dramatic turn, is an ACLU lawyer, and the great Michael Shannon, who has appeared in all of Jeff Nichols' films, is a Life photographer. It'a a change of pace from writer/director Nichols, whose previous films include "Take Shelter" and "Mud." Despite its flaws, it's worth seeing.

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21221018293347
Aug 14, 2017

There is no much I can add to the previous comments. A memorable movie.

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the_bookwyrm
Aug 05, 2017

What I like about this film is how different it is compared to other films about the Civil Rights movement. Richard and Mildred Loving weren't activists marching with fellow protesters, fighting against segregation. They were a quiet couple who loved one another and only wanted their marriage to be legal in their home state.
It's mostly a quiet movie. There isn't much pressure in the forefront, but you can see the effects Virginia's anti-miscegenation law had on the Lovings (a brick in the car, the feeling of isolation in a city, the plot to return home to have their children, etc).
It's not meant to be a passionate anti-segregation film. I wouldn't have liked it if it was another courtroom drama, either. The interactions in this family as time went by and the Supreme Court case was underway was just enough for me. It felt ordinary and human--and that's the point of the Lovings' story. They were ordinary people with an extraordinary victory.

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Xny555
Jul 30, 2017

What an awesome love story, loved this movie. highly recommend

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GreenlakeGal
Jul 22, 2017

Incredibly well cast and beautifully filmed. This movie moves slowly, paralleling the pace of the Lovings' ordeal. At times I felt impatient but remembered how many years they struggled under unjust laws. I think the pace of the film accurately reflected what they must have felt was an eternity of injustice. I found it engrossing and beautiful to watch. There were unexpected moments of suspense that had me on the edge of my seat. I highly recommend Loving.

In the Bonus Features, several British actor/producer types said they had never heard of the Lovings' story. Fair enough; it's not their history. I'm glad they were intrigued enough to pursue it. Then a few American film people were interviewed saying the same thing. Egads! I was horrified and concerned about the American education system.

Loving v. Virginia is a seminal case in American history and in anti-discrimination law. It established Americans' right to marry the person of their choice, regardless of race. The Lovings handled their struggle quietly and privately, but the results were monumental. Many marriage and privacy cases stem from the Supreme Court's ruling in Loving. Today, one in six marriages involve mixed race partners. Knowing that may make the film much more interesting to watch. I think it was beautifully done regardless.

If you don't like slow-paced films or civil rights history, this one isn't for you.

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 27, 2017

“We may lose the little battles, but win the big war.”

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 27, 2017

“You're black now, ain't you?”

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 27, 2017

“Tell the judge I love my wife.”

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 27, 2017

“What is the danger to the state of Virginia of interracial marriage?”

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britprincess1ajax
Apr 27, 2017

“Marriage is a fundamental right.”

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johnstonmk
Apr 13, 2017

"I know we have some enemies. But we have some friends, too."

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