May 16, 2016

The Case of Loving v. Virginia Hits the Big Screen

The Hollywood Review reviews the new film Loving, which dramatizes the case of Loving v. Virginia (1967). Richard and Mildred Loving challenged the Virginia statute which forbade interracial marriage, a case which eventually ended up in the U. S. Supreme Court and led to a landmark ruling that invalidated such laws. The new film stars Joel Egerton and Ruth Negga. The Loving case has been brought to the screen before--as a made for television movie, Mr. and Mrs. Loving (1996), starring Timothy Hutton and Lela Rochon (a wonderful film, but hard to find on DVD--it may be embargoed), and as a 2011 documentary, The Loving Story, featuring Jane Alexander and directed by Nancy Buirski.

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