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Thursday
Dec132018

Months of Meryl: Suffragette (2015)

John and Matthew are watching every single live-action film starring Meryl Streep. 


#50 —
Emmeline Pankhurst, key leader of the women’s suffrage movement in the United Kingdom.

JOHN: Vandalizing storefronts, detonating mailboxes, carrying out prison hunger strikes — these are but a few of the risky tactics employed by women in the British suffrage movement in and around London circa 1912. Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette chronicles the movement’s pivot to such dangerous gambles in an effort to draw attention and spark action for the cause. “Deeds, not words” became the new mantra after years of respectable yet unsuccessful solicitation of a woman’s right to vote. These radical activists, led by Emmeline Pankhurst and visionaries like Emily Wilding Davison, Edith New, and scores of others, believed that civil disobedience and militant action were the only ways to disrupt the status quo and achieve women’s suffrage. This crucial moment of history has rarely been represented on screen, save for glimpses of the movement in Mary Poppins or in a handful of documentaries, despite the exciting and provocative elements inherent in this important story.

Unfortunately, “Important Story” could appropriately serve as the tagline and governing principle of Gavron’s misguided though well-intentioned film...

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Monday
Jun042018

Showbiz History: Dunkirk Evacuation, Suffragette Trampling, and Celebrity Offspring

Happy June 4th, y'all. Here are several things that happened on this day in history that you can be celebrating or thinking about today as you go about your busy lives. Happy birthday if it's your special day you awesome Gemini, you!

1907 His Girl Friday herself Rosalind Russell born in Connecticut.

1913 Emily Davison, a suffragette, purposefully steps in front of a horse at King George V's Derby and is trampled to death. Though the recent film Suffragette (2015) was not a true story, many of its details were true including this turning point moment in the suffragette movement...

-EMILY!
-Never surrender. Never give up the fight!

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