‘Belle’ Gets A PG Rating From The MPAA

'Belle' Gets A PG Rating From The MPAA

No doubt we’ll be writing a lot more about this film next
year and you’ll have some time to wait, since it won’t be opening stateside for
quite a while.

But, in the meantime, Amma Asante’s
period drama Belle, starring Gubu Mbatha-Raw got a PG rating this week from the MPAA for thematic
elements, some language and brief smoking images.

What those thematic elements are, I have no idea. The
language issue is no doubt extremely mild at best, meaning someone probably gets
called a “bloody bastard, and, as for the smoking, someone probably takes a couple of puffs on a pipe.

But the PG rating (what would have been a G rating 20
years ago) makes it evident that that the film is likely safe for all ages.

Fox Searchlight
will open the film in the U.S. on May 2nd; and it opens a month later in the U.K.

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Thanks Sergio. Off the top of my head, I can't remember if I've seen Gubu Mbatha-Raw's acting? ( I will look her up). However, this film has a nice tone.

As we've seen with the "flood" of slavery themed films ( Django, "12 years", the reboot of "Roots" and to a degree "The Butler") I would like to see this film inspire another on the slippery slope of forbidden interracial love. In particular, since this film (Belle) is supposedly based on a true story, I have another on my radar. It's a book titled Passing Strange: A Gilded Age Tale of Love and Deception Across The Color Line. I haven't read the book (it's on my birthday gift hint-hint list) so in time I may be able to discuss the fine details. But check this out. Clarence King is a hero of nineteenth century western history; a brilliant scientist and witty conversationalist, best-selling author and architect of the great surveys that mapped the West after the Civil War. Secretary of State John Hay named King the best and brightest of his generation. But King hid a secret from his Gilded Age cohorts and prominent family in Newport. For thirteen years he lived a double life as the celebrated white explorer, geologist and writer Clarence King and as a black Pullman porter and steel worker named James Todd. WOW! The fair blue-eyed son of a wealthy China trader passed across the color line, revealing his secret to his black common- law wife, Ada Copeland, only on his deathbed. WOW WOW WOW!

So thanks again and keep us informed on this project.

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