FRI., March 1, at 7 p.m. – LOVING
@First Friday Free Film Screening at the Peace Center of Delaware County (Springfield Friends Meetinghouse) 1001 Old Sproul Rd., Springfield, PA
(just off the corner of Old Marple and S. Sproul Roads, behind the Mr. Car Wash). Parking aplenty next to Peace Center of Delaware County/Springfield Friends Meeting
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for light refreshments.
Brief After-film discussion for those wishing to remain. Sponsored by Brandywine Peace Community, 484-574-1148
LOVING, 2016. 123 min. Biographical romantic drama. PG-13 (for thematic elements), Directed by Jeff Nichols, who also wrote the screenplay. Nominated for numerous awards, including Golden Globe (Best Actor) and an Oscar (Best Actress).
Loving celebrates the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving’s unwavering resolve and deep love as an interracial couple struggling for the legal right to be married. In 1967, they won a landmark Supreme Court case, Loving v. Virginia.
Their story begins in 1958, when they fall in love and drive to Washington, D.C., to get married, because interracial marriage was legal there. When they return home to Central Point, Virginia, they are dragged out of bed by police, arrested, charged with the crime of being an interracial couple, and sentenced to a year in prison.
The ensuing legal battle upended the lives of the Lovings and their three children for almost a decade. The film focuses on the love story rather than on courtroom drama.
Actors Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga bring quiet intensity to their magnificent performances as the married partners. When asked if he would like to relay a message to the court, Richard says simply, “Tell the judge I love my wife.”
The film’s tender restraint masks the significance of Loving v. Virginia, which overturned state laws banning interracial marriage and continues to have an impact on LGBTQ and other social justice cases today.
Director Jeff Nichols, wrote Peter Travers, Rolling Stone magazine movie reviewer, “has given us a quietly devastating film that resonates for the here and now and marches to the cadences of history and the heart.”
Click here for film trailer, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33g-ZHBQdNU
Read Rolling Stone review, click here: https://www.rollingstone.com/movies/movie-reviews/loving-review-historical-drama-on-interracial-marriage-is-oscarworthy-120842/