I have been waiting for the movie Belle to come to the US since last year. It finally has, but with a limited release. Sunday, May 11, when I’m in San Francisco for book tour, I can actually go see the film.
What is it and why am I so excited?
Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.
All that, plus the pretty, pretty clothes of a historical costume drama.
Here — Just watch the trailer.
Who wants to go with me?
I’m going to the 12:05 showing at the Embarcadero Center.