‘Loving’ – Distilled

Richard marries Mildred, and that – in another place and era – would be an end of it. But not in Virginia, in the fifties, not when Richard Loving is white and his beloved is African American.

Miscegenation – in the pejorative language of the time (a language I remember all too well as a South African more or less of that epoch) – is verboten, and the Lovings are drummed out of town and out of Virginia. Until, that is, their case is taken by civil rights lawyers, all the way to the Supreme Court, and the miscegenation laws are struck down.

Moving at a slow country lick, this is not, as you might think – at least not overtly – a political movie, nor is it a court-house drama. It’s ‘just’ the story of the Lovings – two very ordinary, simple people, who love each other. It’s not politics, man, it’s humanity – a corrective, perhaps, to a time when the personal was always political. Remember that?

Though in the time of Trump, that is one wheel that may be about to come full circle.

Director: Jeff Nichols

Verdict: See it, but not when you’re in a hurry.

Whisky sour – what else? Budweiser?

4 responses to “‘Loving’ – Distilled”

  1. On my list of movies to see. Certainly reflects what we will possibly be experiencing in the near future, very sad. 😿❤️


  2. shutupandsaysomething Avatar

    Interesting that this is again news, or least noteworthy in the general media. A lifelong U.S. citizen, who grew up in a generally liberal northeast metro area, and old enough to be reading newspapers in the 1950s, I remember the case when it first received legal review. Even if I might have missed or ignored it, my activist father made sure that I both read and understood the issue.

    Of course, I also remember segregated public drinking fountains in bus depots in DELAWARE – not just the deep South. – in 1960. And witnessed overt racial profiling at the elegant Greenbrier in this century.

    Given the recent election outcome, too few supposed liberals understand that, despite how far we have moved for the better, the issues of race, class, gender, disability, etc., are far from fully uprooted in 21st Century America.


    1. Appreciate – and agree fully – with all of your comments. It’s always interesting for me to see (with you, with Rob for instance) how much my own background and upbringing coincide with (white, English speaking) people of our generation from other parts of the world – not just the politics and the issues, but music, culture, the big defining events and so on. Was ours the first ‘international’ generation? I guess not, but it sometimes feels like it. Are young people today as engaged and connected? One wonders. It will be interesting to see whether Trumpery and the alt right conjure in America a new wave of idealistic activism. One hopes so – the signs otherwise are pretty glum, to put it mildly.


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