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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg now 84, and still inspired by the lawyers who defended free speech during the Red Scare, Ginsburg refuses to relinquish her passionate duty, steadily fighting for equal rights for all citizens under the law. Through intimate interviews and unprecedented access to Ginsburg’s life outside the court, RBG tells the electric story of Ginsburg’s consuming love affairs with both the Constitution and her beloved husband Marty—and of a life’s work that led her to become an icon of justice in the highest court in the land.
|Studio :||Storyville Films, CNN Films,|
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|Cast :||Ruth Bader Ginsburg Gloria Steinem|
Wonderful character development!
what a joke
Simple and well acted, it has tension enough to knot the stomach.
The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
The film radiates from the core of her being - pinpoint-focused on human equality & devotion to her work. From that radiates an incredible life story of her long marriage & vignettes from family, colleagues, adversaries & friends. I anticipated a dry talking-heads documentary, and got so, so much more. Great film.
The US government since its inception has been a patriarchy of white men, essentially reflecting US culture. Cultures and the governments that represent them are so intertwined that when culture starts to evolve past its government, this creates an upheaval. Governments resist this because they have become complacent with the status quo, which works great for them anyway. And they have become disconnected with what is happening in the real world, so why change something when they think nothing's broke. RBG is a film about what happens when a country has a venerable Constitution which can be manipulated so that its staid government can be pushed along to evolve with the culture it represents, and about one woman who used this Constitution to bring change for the better. RBG, for me, is a feel-good-about-America film. It doesn't resort to propaganda or fall back on silly cliches. It doesn't espouse violence or even aggressive behavior. It shows that the core part of the US government - the US Constitution - is an honorable thing, and all it takes to maintain a high level of democracy is for brave, perseverant, and intelligent people to challenge that that is unconstitutional, even if those challenged are the highest people in the land. But it was Ruth Bader Ginsburg's amiability - besides her obvious position of influence as a lawyer, law professor, activist, and Supreme Court justice - that seemed to be what set her apart from other champions of justice. She didn't set out to slay the dragon so much as to make friends with it and cultivate it, and this was not an exploitation. It was genuine. She showed love to the dragon while cultivating it, and the dragon in turn evolved into a better dragon.The first thing Ruth Bader Ginsburg faced as a young law student on her road to becoming a Supreme Court justice was the white male patriarchal dragon. And as she moved up the professional ladder it only grew in size and power. It was gigantic and it was everywhere. But was it evil? No, Ruth realized, it was not. But it was domineering. It was in charge, and knew it, and loved it. It made the rules, and was very successful. And naturally the system it had set up benefited itself the most. But the dragon was pliable it turned out. It could be swayed. It could be roused into doing the right thing. It could change. But you had to respect it and be nice to it. You had to reason with it intelligently. Ms. Ginsburg is referred to in many descriptions as a warrior, but to repeat, she didn't go to war with the dragon so much as she befriended it, appealed to its goodness and intelligence, and reminded it over and over again of the words and meanings of those words of its true master - the US Constitution - and with this method she changed society for the better.
"RBG" (PG, 1:38) is a documentary about the life of U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. It is directed by documentary film producers Julie Cohen ("American Veteran") and Betsy West ("The Lavender Scare"). The film was released in U.S. theaters on May 4, 2018, after making the festival circuit in the first few months of the year during which it won a couple Best Documentary prizes.The film traces Ginsburg's life from her childhood in Brooklyn, New York through her years struggling to be taken seriously as a young female law student and practicing attorney (but racking up impressive accomplishments nonetheless) and through her tenure on the highest court in the land and improbable emergence as a pop culture icon. The storyline is basically linear, but includes frequent jumps backward, forward and even sideways as it examines different aspects of her life, personality and public image.Along the way, there's a good mix of historical photos, videos, audio clips and graphics, but the main driving force is the well-edited interviews. We hear from Ginsburg's children, her childhood friends, colleagues, admirers and even a few detractors, as well as fellow feminist hero Gloria Steinem, former President Bill Clinton and, of course, Ginsburg herself - at various public appearances, with her personal trainer and sitting down to discuss her life, even reacting to Kate McKinnon's portrayals of her on SNL."RBG" is a fascinating and fun documentary. It's unclear how much credit goes to the compelling subject matter vs. the skill of her documentarians, but Cohen and West do keep things moving and paint a well-balanced picture while keeping the audience's interest. Some will find it as difficult to separate their feelings about Ginsburg as a jurist from how they feel about her politics as the filmmakers probably had making their film relatively apolitical, but they did it. They manage to tell Ginsburg's story - and make clear what she believes in (even including a little bit of controversy) - while keeping the focus mainly on Ginsburg as a person and on this strong film as an interesting and entertaining historical document. "A-"
"RBG" (2018 release; 95 min.) is a documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. As the movie opens, we see Ginsburg working out with her personal trainer. "I am 84 and everyone wants to take their picture with me", she comments. We then shift to her 1993 Supreme Court Senate confirmation hearings, where she opens with talking of her Brooklyn roots and upbringing, at which point the movie goes back to the 1930s. At this point we are less than 10 min, into the movie, and you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.Couple of comments: this is the latest movie from documentarians Julie COhen and Betsy West. Here they give us an "all access" portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a/k/a "Notorious RBG". As I am a lawyer myself, I am of course quite aware of her, but I must admit I knew very little of her background, and how it made the person that she is today. Just 2 things that stuck with me after the movie: Ginsberg is best known as the champion of gender equality. Did you know that she was one of only 9 female students (out of a class of about 500) at Harvard Law? and that she made law review? And that upon graduating (in 1959), not a single law firm in New York, NOT ONE, offered her a job? The other striking thing is the amazing relationship between Ruth (nicknamed "Kiki" by her childhood friends) and her husband Martin, which is featured prominently in the documentary. Oh, and there is one more thing to remember: the deep friendship between (liberal) RGB and (conservative) Supreme Court justice Antonia Scalia. In these uncertain times, it is important to remember that we don't have to be indignant, disrespectful and worse to people who have a different opinion than our own. In fact, strictly on policy issues, I probably disagree with RBG more than I agree, but that doesn't mean I can't have but the greatest respect for Ginsberg the person. What an icon she is, and the day that she retires from the Supreme Court will be a sad day for this country."RBG" premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival to immediate acclaim. The movie opened this weekend on 2 screens at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati, and I couldn't wait to see it. The early Saturday evening screening where I saw this at was attended very nicely, and I thin that with the positive word-of-mouth this movie is sure to generate that this may have long legs at the art-house theater circuit, IF you are in the mood for an excellent documentary about a remarkable women, I'd readily suggest you check out "RBG", be it in the theater, on VOD, or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray.