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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.
Marston, often erroneously thought to the the inventor of the polygraph, better known as the lie-detector, was actually the inventor of the systolic blood pressure cuff, an important component of the polygraph. The invention of the polygraph is more appropriately credited to John Augustus Larson. See more »
William Moulton Marston was portrayed as a spy and in one brief scene reminisces about his military service and things he had seen. However, he received his commission as a 2nd LT on October 22, 1918 just 20 days before the end of World War I. He was stationed at Fort Oglethorpe GA, Camp Upton NY and Fort Lee VA before being discharged on May 19, 1919. Despite his portrayal in the movie, Marston never left the US and never saw the war first hand. Source: Harvard's Military Record in the Great War (1921). See more »
One of my two favorite love story movies of all time
Shunji Iwai's 1995 movie 'Love Letter' is hands-down my favorite love story movie of all time. Then Professor Marston And The Wonder Women jumps in and now I have a tie.
I was expecting a steamy, almost X-rated movie about a man and the two women in his life, but as it turned out, there's ZERO nudity in this film, and it actually made me get teary-eyed in the final scenes. This is definitely a film I can watch over and over again. The main characters are extremely likable and in this age of LGBTQ awareness, this is an honest-to-goodness wholesome love story.
The movie is barely over 100 minutes long, and the ties to the actual Wonder Woman comic book character, while brought up in the beginning of the film, don't actually congeal until the 90 minute mark. So almost the entire movie focuses on the relationship of the professor, his wife and their lover. When the Wonder Woman comic comes into focus, the whole movie pulls together like someone lassoing in their catch. You see how the professor's view of the women in his life form his fictional heroine.
I think Logan should win movie of the year. There's talk of DC's Wonder Woman movie winning, most likely because the academy is being handed a movie directed by a woman about a strong independent woman. If Logan doesn't win, I would be happy to see Professor Marston And The Wonder Women take the trophy home. This is the real Wonder Woman movie.
I was literally blown away by this film. Did not expect such a beautiful work of art. I really feel honored to have seen this in the theater.
Can I have two favorite love story movies of all time? Like professor Marston and his women, yes. Yes I can.
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