The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated.
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Details the unconventional life of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist and inventor who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941. Marston was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth, a psychologist and inventor in her own right, and Olive Byrne, a former student who became an academic. This relationship was key to the creation of Wonder Woman, as Elizabeth and Olive's feminist ideals were ingrained in the character from her creation. Marston died of skin cancer in 1947, but Elizabeth and Olive remained a couple and raised their and Marston's children together. The film is said to focus on how Marston dealt with the controversy surrounding Wonder Woman's creation.
Extremely interesting, involving and even inspiring!
'PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN': Four and a Half Stars (Out of Five)
A biopic about the psychologist who created the comic book character Wonder Woman, and the two women that he loved who inspired him (the three had a polyamorous relationship together). The film stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall and Bella Heathcote. It was written and directed by Angela Robinson, and it's gotten mostly positive reviews from critics. I found the movie to be extremely interesting, involving and even inspiring.
The story revolves around the Harvard psychologist, and inventor, Dr. William Marston (Evans), and his wife Elizabeth (Hall), also a psychologist and inventor, and their lover Olive Byrne (Heathcote), a former student of William's. The three became involved in a very unconventional physical and emotional relationship together, that was heavily frowned upon by most of society. The two women, and their feminist views, helped inspire Marston to create the comic book character (and feminist icon) Wonder Woman, in 1941; who was also heavily frowned upon by conservative society. The film explains how the three dealt with their struggles together.
I think it was very clever of the filmmakers to release this movie after the huge success of the first live-action film adaptation of 'WONDER WOMAN' (one of my favorite movies this year), and it's also all the more fascinating because of it. I'm also really interested in domination and submission, and the film heavily deals with that subject matter as well (which was part of the inspiration for Wonder Woman). I'm also a big fan of rebellion, and doing what your heart tells you, no matter how frowned upon by the rest of society it is, and this film is definitely really inspiring in that way too. It's not a perfect movie, I'm not a huge fan of it's score for one thing, but it's definitely a really interesting, educational and motivational film at least (in my opinion).
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