Belle

Belle

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Although Dido Elizabeth Belle, an eighteenth-century English woman of mixed race, is raised in privilege by her aristocratic great-uncle and his wife, she is denied a proper social standing because of her skin color. But when Dido falls in love with a young idealist lawyer who aspires to create positive change, she finds herself caught between two worlds.

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Barsby
May 19, 2018

Engaging and passionate -- definitely worth your time. Recommend.

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Liber_vermis
Apr 14, 2018

A gripping docu-drama that combines human rights, race, class, wealth, and gender issues in a movie with excellent acting and superb scenery and costumes of 18th century England. These themes are as important today in our "globalized" world. In spite of the 'PG'-rating, there is nothing, in this viewer's opinion, that should preclude an older child from learning the "Golden Rule" from this movie (especially as the main character is a young girl in the early scenes). Find out more background at the "Dido Elizabeth Belle" entry in Wikipedia and view the portrait painting that inspired the director, Amma Asante, to produce the movie.

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MarieAngel
Feb 01, 2018

Excellent! This is thoroughly captivating. It is well written and very well acted.

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duanetucker
Nov 08, 2017

Powerful film about an event that changed history.

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kpelish
Jun 19, 2017

A bi-cultural woman finds herself between worlds: her father, a naval officer/landed gentry, her mother, a rescued slave whom he truly loved (back in the days when slavery was legal). Left with her privileged aunt and uncle for care but "separate but equal"--literally seated at a separate table, she grows up into an intelligent, thoughtful woman who never gives up on real love and an independent life, despite the mores of the day trying to force her into a marriage for her inheritance and her uncle's disapproval of her foray into his controversial legal case, The Zong, an overloaded slaver. Belle (called Dido) is of a finer mettle than her lovely but insecure cousin, Elizabeth, and its her strength of will that attracts a man who sees her true worth. A nice romance with also a real message--her uncle's decision in the Zong case.

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wiiliam12
Sep 20, 2016

need regular dvd copy of this film
thanks

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dylankemp
Jul 25, 2016

An interesting story well told.

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hammer59
Sep 20, 2015

Excellent!

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CoastalCruiser
May 23, 2015

Very good almost excellent movie. Based on historical events and people. It shines light on love, policies, society and the power individuals hold even when the odds seem against them. And that being truthful, brave and bold is the answer to greatness and justice.

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charmingsonata
May 15, 2015

I enjoyed this movie. I liked the period costumes and the music. A compelling story!

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M_ALCOTT Apr 07, 2015

John Davinier: Permit me to ask, why do you not dine with your family ever?
Dido Elizabeth Belle: That is not correct.
John Davinier: Forgive me, but twice now I have seen you separated from the gathering. I am confounded.
Dido Elizabeth Belle: And well you might be when the son of clergy is permitted to the table before a lady of the house.
John Davinier: Is that a reminder of my place?
Dido Elizabeth Belle: No. It's a statement of mine.

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jimg2000
Sep 24, 2014

John: Laws that allow us to diminish the humanity of anybody are not laws. They are frameworks for crime.

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jimg2000
Sep 24, 2014

Belle: Elizabeth said something when we arrived in London. "We women are but the property of gentlemen." But it came into my head that I have been blessed with freedom
twice over. As a negro and as a woman.
John: I suppose you have.
Belle: Or have I? Must not a lady marry even if she is financially secure? For who is she without a husband of consequence? It seems silly -
like a free negro who begs for a master.

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jimg2000
Sep 24, 2014

Belle: You view my circumstances as unfortunate...though I cannot claim even a portion of the misfortune to those whom I most closely resemble ...My greatest misfortune would be to marry into a family who would carry me as their shame. ...as I have been required to carry my own mother. Her apparent crime to be born negro...and mine to be the evidence.

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EuSei Feb 12, 2015

EuSei thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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