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Films in Progress: The Loving Story

Photo of Caryn James By Caryn James | James on Screens January 10, 2011 at 6:55AM

Now and then I’ll give you a peek at a film in progress – something that doesn’t come with major hype – and keep you posted when it turns up on screen. Here’s a look at The Loving Story, a beautifully made, nearly finished documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving, the interracial couple who were arrested and forced to leave Virginia in the 1950’s, and whose Supreme Court case finally struck down anti-miscegenation laws.
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Now and then I’ll give you a peek at a film in progress – something that doesn’t come with major hype – and keep you posted when it turns up on screen. Here’s a look at The Loving Story, a beautifully made, nearly finished documentary about Mildred and Richard Loving, the interracial couple who were arrested and forced to leave Virginia in the 1950’s, and whose Supreme Court case finally struck down anti-miscegenation laws.

What I like most is the immediacy of the doc, told almost entirely through amazing archival footage from the period, including film of the Lovings themselves, and through recent interviews with the two lawyers who argued the case. Mildred Loving has the voice of an angel, calm, sometimes sad, but never angry or bitter.

You can see her in this trailer:

(Full disclosure: I happen to know the director, Nancy Buirski, but I'll only write about films in progress I’ve seen and genuinely admire.)

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