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      The Loving Story

      2011 1h 17m Documentary List
      100% Tomatometer 19 Reviews 85% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings In 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving are arrested for violating Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws, eventually leading to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on interracial marriage. Read More Read Less

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      Alessandra Stanley New York Times The tone of the film is solemn and pious, which seems almost inevitable when the topic is segregation and racial intolerance. But there are other reasons to watch this film besides feel-good expediency. Jan 25, 2013 Full Review Hank Stuever Washington Post Their story is a powerful statement about freedom. Jan 25, 2013 Full Review James Poniewozik TIME Magazine A low-key but moving documentary about two low-key people and their moving struggle. Jan 25, 2013 Full Review Richard Propes TheIndependentCritic.com Emotionally satisfying and intellectually stimulating. Rated: 3.0/4.0 Sep 15, 2020 Full Review Brian Costello Common Sense Media Love story that led to Supreme Court case; racist language. Rated: 4/5 Jul 14, 2020 Full Review Glenn Dunks The Film Experience It would be easy to make the film a grandiose sweeping tale of love and justice prevailing in the face of racism and hate... But this is instead a film that, like its subjects, prefers its silences to remain so. Rated: B+ Jan 3, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member The grit of the titular interracial couple defending against a prosecution for violating Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws is unfortunately understated by the uninspiring legal proceedings as narrated by the pair of attorneys of the Loving v. Virginia case in the second half of the documentary. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member I think I got something in my eye.. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Audience Member A moving reminder in this era of Donald Trump, that we're all just humans, that who we love is who we love, and it's no one else's business. Two simple, ordinary people fall in love, and the State decides they are not allowed. It's frightening, as are the attitudes of some of the people shown in the movie who are not themselves evil but were brought up in a culture of intolerance and injustice. Fortunately the conclusion is heartwarming, and a reminder that sometimes - maybe often - this country gets it right in the end. Too bad people have to suffer along the way. I love what Mr. Loving says when the lawyers ask him if there's anything he'd like to tell the judges of the Supreme Court of the United States. I won't spoil it here. But it says it all. I highly recommend this movie. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member A very moving documentary about two very committed and powerful working class people. As a person who didn't grow up here it is hard to conceive of the depth of the racist ideology, the concept of white supremacy that emerged with such vengeance after Reconstruction, or during and after it. In the official version, this ideology is shown to have its origins in some sort of innate behavior on the part of the white skinned European, a genetic defect almost. But it goes against human nature this ideology, it is maintained through violence and coercion; it is unnatural. At the root of it is the need of its proponents to maintain power and social control of those who have none. These two quiet soft spoken yet courageous individuals I found very moving. I would love to have met them. It is not working within the law that changes society for the better but breaking it. Laws are made by those in power, they are made to be broken. But the lawyers, whose efforts to change the miscegenation laws that still existed in16 states at the time, can be proud that their efforts were successful. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Moving story! Loved the recollection of the lawyers and the audio from the actual court case! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Very interesting story of not too distant VA history. The pace of the documentary lags at points, but it's very good overall with extensive footage that indicates that the filmographer knew he/she was recording history. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In 1958, Richard and Mildred Loving are arrested for violating Virginia's anti-miscegenation laws, eventually leading to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision on interracial marriage.
      Director
      Nancy Buirski
      Screenwriter
      Nancy Buirski, Susie Ruth Powell
      Production Co
      Augusta Films
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Nov 30, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 17m
      Sound Mix
      Dolby Digital
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