Movie Review: ‘Belle’

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By Bill Wine
KYW Newsradio 1060

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — She was young, wealthy, and black.  Her name was Belle. And British high society didn’t quite know what to do with her.

In the wake of 12 Years a Slave, but with no graphic content and much softer corners, comes this fictionalized biographical drama about a noblewoman in late-18th-century England of mixed English and African ancestry, the first mixed-race woman to be raised as an aristocrat, who helped bring England ever closer to eventual abolition.

(3½ stars out of 4) (3½ stars out of 4)

Belle is a handsome British period piece, a romantic drama about Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate daughter of Royal Navy officer Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode) and an African slave, who was brought to England by her father and left in the care and at the estate of her great-uncle, William Murray, otherwise known as Lord Mansfield, the Lord Chief Justice…

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