Monday, May 23, 2016

Meet the Lovings

An essential story of African-America history – of American history – is coming to a movie theater near you this fall.

Loving, directed by Jeff Nichols (Midnight Special), will spin the yarn of Richard and Mildred Loving, the real-life couple from Virginia, who in 1958 was arrested in their bedroom for the crime of matrimony. She was black and he was white, and that was not allowed at the time.

My, how far we’ve come. And, my, how far we’ve yet to go.

I bet that that’s going to be one of the main points made by the Nov. 4 film, which also will have to touch upon the Lovings-precipitated landmark Supreme Court case decision of 1967, which unanimously ruled their arrest and all state prohibitions against interracial marriage unlawful.

Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga (AMC’s Preacher, TV’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) star in Loving, which just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to raves, btw.

This one is gonna matter, and it is also going to factor into the upcoming awards season. Of that I’m sure.


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