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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 his mistress who would inspire his creation of the superheroine, Wonder Woman.

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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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R for strong sexual content including brief graphic images, and language. | See all certifications »
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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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William Marston's granddaughter Christie Marston publicly stated that her family "completely rejects any claims made in the film and in no way support this work of fiction". 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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William Moulton Marston: She is beautiful, guileless, kind, and pure of heart. You are brilliant, ferocious, hilarious, and a grade A bitch. Together, you are the perfect woman.
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a true story about the creation of a feminist icon
26 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Few people know that Wonder Woman was created by the psychology professor who invented the lie detector. That's one reason why Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017) is an intriguing period bio-drama. The others concern why Harvard fired the professor and why Wonder Women is in the plural form.

Based on a true story set in 1940s America, William Marston (Luke Evans) is one of the pioneers of psychology. His wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) is a brilliant academic and a feisty feminist, and together they recruit Olive Plat (Bella Heathcote) to help in their research for a machine that can detect lies. The three-way sexual chemistry is immediate and explosive. When they begin their open menagé á trois, the conservative Harvard University dismisses them for immorality and they take menial jobs to survive. Wanting to become a fiction writer, William creates a fantasy animation based on the two women in his life. Adorned with symbols of female empowerment, it is an instant icon of the non-violent super-heroine he calls Wonder Woman. William becomes a successful cartoonist and Wonder Woman comics sweep America. However, in the pre-feminist age, moral crusaders persecute the trio for the lewd bondage imagery that allegedly is corrupting young minds.

This is a transgressive film in many ways. In addition to some beautifully rendered scenes of three- way sexual intimacy, it explores polyamorous relationships and the feminist psychology of bondage – radical ideas that challenge the conservative construction of heterosexuality. In the process of showing the trio exploring their emotional and sexual boundaries the viewer is drawn into reflecting upon their own. With same-sex marriage becoming today's new normal, this film suggests that the evolution of human sexuality is far from over. It also explains that instead of being based on subversive psychology, Wonder Women is really a role model for peace-making, feminine agency, and sexual liberation.

The three principal actors perform seductively within typecast roles. Rebecca Hall depicts a powerful intellect and feminine sensitivity; Bella Heathcote portrays extraordinary beauty and strong determination; and Luke Evans, perhaps the envy of many male viewers, is a masculine intellectual and a genuine new-age feminist. The filming evokes the era with authenticity, the script is intelligent, and the iconography that led to the creation of Wonder Woman is assembled like scattered clues in a detective thriller. Similar to the film Mary Shelley (2017), the film also shows how great creative works are the embodiment of their author's life experience. In this way, it is engaging, informative, and entertaining.


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