Trailer of the Hour: Suffragette

This trailer gave me chills the first time I saw it. There’s so much I don’t understand about what the movie is specifically about, ostensibly because it’s a part of England’s history and not America’s. But I have the sneaking suspicion that the real reason is because it’s a part of women’s history and not men’s. Just the cast of the movie is massively intriguing, with the best actor (male or female) of the last forty years (Meryl Streep) paired with one of the best actors (male or female) of her generation (Carey Mulligan). The tone of the movie appears to be one of intense realism, much like last year’s Selma, which was similarly about extreme acts of necessity in the face of extreme oppression. I wonder what the Americans who spoke out within the last year against rioting and not against police violence will think of the film’s obvious stance that destruction of property was a requisite part of women getting the vote in Britain. I don’t know enough of the history to say emphatically that the violence was necessary or not, but I’m excited for a movie willing to be this volatile. Can’t wait for the men’s rights activists to come out of the woodwork on this one.


2 thoughts on “Trailer of the Hour: Suffragette

  1. The suffrage movement in England included the suffragists and the suffragettes: suffragists tended to use petitions and hassle mps – but the suffragettes were a very violent movement who used ‘deeds not words’ (as their leader said). They didn’t kill anyone. In fact suffragettes jumped in front of horses, were force fed in prisons, were beaten up by police and so on. Many were injured and lost their lives. However, the trailer does fail to show that actually many men were in favour of the suffrage movement.

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