Movies: Belle

So over the weekend we saw the movie Belle. Very interesting story with a basis in reality no less. 

I can’t do it justice so here’s IMDB’s write up: 

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mabatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England. 

Now Lord Mansfield (the town of Mansfield isn’t too far from where I live but it’s in the U.S.) was also the Lord Chief Justice. That’s a big deal. Consider too the U.S. judicial system has it’s basis in British Common Law. 

And the Royal Navy Admiral wasn’t he was Captain Sir John Lindsay. 

Really good movie. Many parts in it that just had me shaking my head at the stupidity of slavery. 

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