I have read a wonderful review of this new film from Elle Magazine, making me really excited about seeing 18th Century slavery from the female perspective. The same viewers that turned last weekend’s “The Other Woman” into the Number #1 blockbuster (and everyone else really) need to support this independent film!
“Belle,” directed by Amma Asante, opens on May 2 (Fox Searchlight).
WHY IT MATTERS: The film takes an original approach to 18th century slavery, making the troubling point that it was the foundation of a region’s economic system — yet the topic is handled as if it were written by Jane Austen. As Variety’s Justin Chang wrote, the two elements make a “surprisingly elegant and emotionally satisfying fit.” The film is based on the true story of a woman born to an aristocratic English father and a black slave, who struggles to figure out where she fits in. Says Asante: “I started studying Austen in an adult-literature class. I was taken by the way she was able to pack a punch by using wit and humor in this genteel world of 18th century English society. And I wanted to transpose that in a period movie.”
ORIGIN OF FILM: “The BFI and the…
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