The Loving Story

The Loving Story is a documentary profiling Mildred and Richard Loving, who were arrested in 1958 for breaking Virginia’s laws against interracial marriage, and forced to leave the state. This couple fought for what they believed in, and as a result a change spread across the nation. A captivating look at the lives of the couple who reluctantly and inadvertently caused the eventual setting aside of the blatant racist laws in 16 states against interracial marriage. The last miscegenation laws was repealed in 2000 in Alabama. I expected a movie with lots of drama and speeches from civil rights leaders. Instead I found this quiet subtle story of two simple country people who loved each other and wanted to be permitted to go home. There is a very special quality of deep affection, love and simple tenderness between Richard and Mildred. It’s easy to see the powerful chemistry between them in the film-clips from that era. They are comforted by each other’s presence in a way that nothing would have been able to separate — you can see the love they had for each other. Their name Loving describes them beautifully. An unforgettable couple. Her spirit was so intelligent and motherly and calm. His demeanor was so tough and honest and protective. Richard Loving is obviously a private person, uncomfortable with the cameras and press. He says maybe 20 words in all 77 minutes of the film. At first his silences are awkward and hard to watch, but then his quiet becomes as much a presence in this film as the narration. This guy wasn’t going to allow ANYone to dictate to him whom he couldn’t love or marry. Now that was a real man in real love. He is kind, tender, gentle — and knows exactly who he is and what he wants. I was especially impressed by Mrs. Loving as a person. Mildred is more open and gentle. She is trusting and strong, with simple dignity. I felt for this couple and their struggles. The Lovings are strong — the fact they fought for their rights to be married for eight years tells you a lot about them. The way that the couple handled themselves throughout all the procedures was amazing. I am glad, glad, glad that they won. It is interesting in that little part of the world of Virginia, the people did not see black or white, they were simply neighbors. I didn’t realize it was just 55 years ago that two grown people in love would be hassled because one has darker skin than the other. I am bewildered by the whole concept. It is hard to believe the bigotry and small-mindedness that went on only such a short time ago. I’m appalled that race was such a blinding influence that it took this quiet, poor, loving couple to change the tide of whom you can love and want to marry. The subject matter — anti-miscegenation laws in America and one couple’s struggle to be allowed to love each other in the state of their choice — serves as a bitter reminder of how far we’ve come in race relations and Civil Rights in such a short amount of time. I found this story fascinating and moving — simply beautiful. This is an extraordinary documentary. Like the Lovings themselves, it is quiet, understated, dignified and hugely moving. Remarkable footage and flawless storytelling. I loved the documentary format. The film isn’t shot in traditional documentary-style, however, I actually think that benefited the film. The uncut archival footage of the Lovings during the 1960s is absolutely fascinating. Great film footage and photo selections of the time, including the lawyers and audio from the highest Court. The quality and quantity of the archival photos, news-clips, interviews and home movies stand out. My favorite part was the end of the film, where oral arguments before the Supreme Court are playing over pictures and film of the Lovings just going about their lives. Awesome love story! This documentary is very beautiful in its simplicity. A moving film! One of the best I have seen in a long time. Really enjoyed this documentary even more than I ever thought I would. Very touching, powerful. Amazing story. I do not think I have ever seen a better documentary, one that has better caught and held my interest. Kudos to all on this one! An important subject that people should learn of and from. ALL HISTORY TEACHERS IN ALL HIGH SCHOOLS ACROSS THE COUNTRY SHOULD SHOW THIS!!!! The significance of the story itself combined with the raw footage makes this a must-see. What a moving documentary! I was extremely moved by their trials and their never-ending love for each other. Richard Loving didn’t want to go to the Supreme Court hearing and told the civil rights lawyers, “Just tell the judges that I love my wife”…..SO moving. I cried at the end. This is a real love story — one man and one woman set an example for the rest to follow. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Loving. I would have been proud to be their neighbor, proud have known them. After you watch this movie and get to know these two fine Loving people, you will never ever forget them. (Long Way Home: The Loving Story) Documentary 2011 NR 1hr 17M.

 

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