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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)

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The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, and his polyamorous relationship with his wife and their mistress who would inspire his creation of the superheroine, Wonder Woman.

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Fred Stewart (as Chris Gombos)
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Details the unconventional life of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist and inventor who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941. Marston was in a polyamorous relationship with his wife Elizabeth, a psychologist and inventor in her own right, and Olive Byrne, a former student who became an academic. This relationship was key to the creation of Wonder Woman, as Elizabeth and Olive's feminist ideals were ingrained in the character from her creation. Marston died of skin cancer in 1947, but Elizabeth and Olive remained a couple and raised their and Marston's children together. The film is said to focus on how Marston dealt with the controversy surrounding Wonder Woman's creation.

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Meet the women behind the man behind the woman. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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R for strong sexual content including brief graphic images, and language. | See all certifications »

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13 October 2017 (USA)  »

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El profesor Marston y la Mujer Maravilla  »

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$736,883, 15 October 2017, Wide Release

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$1,584,759, 20 November 2017
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According to director Angela Robinson at the 2017 New York Comic Con, the producers tried to invite William Marston's granddaughter Christie Marston to a private screening of the film. Christie, however, publicly stated that they did not try a direct contact, just "via other parties". See more »

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When the professor was in the hospital at the end of his life his room had modern features that would not have been in hospital in the 1940's. These include a sprinkler system, modern electrical boxes and some large, modern A/C units outside the windows. See more »

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Josette Frank: You don't even deny that these images are overtly sexual.
William Moulton Marston: An erotic component is necessary. How else is submission supposed to be pleasurable? I am teaching readers to submit to a loving authority, and that submission is pleasurable. Young boys must learn this if they are to grow up respecting powerful women.
Josette Frank: What is powerful about a woman running around in a bathing suit?
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East of the Sun (And West of the Moon)
Written by Brooks Bowman
Performed by Frank Sinatra and Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (as The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra)
Courtesy of RCA Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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A beautiful story that could have been so much better
14 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Powerful script crafted into a beautiful movie that I liked very much. My only grievance is that the Director chose not to portray all three legs of the tripod in the same light and hence the movie comes across as another romantic movie instead of showing how tantalizingly tumultuous polyamorous relationships are. They are so much more than two human beings of any sex being attracted to each other. Two plus one becomes four or five or so much more but certainly not three. One minute of the scene in a similar vein in House of Cards captures that passion more so than I could locate anywhere in this movie. Hall played her role perfectly and seemed natural in a triad. While this was a missed opportunity, I am glad this movie was made and an interesting story was shared and for that I am very thankful to TIFF and the Director.


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