The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, the polyamorous relationship between his wife and his mistress, the creation of his beloved comic book character Wonder Woman, and the controversy the comic generated.
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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.
Though promoted as "the true story" of William Moulton Marston, Elizabeth Marston and Olive Byrne, most of this film is speculative as the Marstons' lived their lives in privacy. At the 2017 New York Comic Con, Angela Robinson was asked by Travis Langley, a friend of the Marston family, and said that she "talked to a source who said that that was her interpretation, who had studied them. chose to tell the story as my interpretation of the story, and I think that there's a lot of facts that are indisputable about the Marstons and I feel that there's a lot that's open to interpretation. So as a filmmaker, this was my interpretation of their story." See more »
A good take and historical informative film on how the woman with the golden lasso and bracelets became about thru trial and error.
Most who follow entertainment and history knew that psych professor William Moulton Marston was the one who invented the lie detector test and created the Wonder Women character. This film sheds light on the history and the behind the scenes journey and struggles of how that came about. William a professor began working and doing research on how emotions can effect truth, health, and feeling and for many of these test his duo to work with were his wife Elizabeth and mistress and young student Olive. And along the way the work gave insight to women and the gender roles and reactions of mixed pain, pleasure, and truth seeking would make them out to be special. All of it would be tied to dominance, compliance, and feel good free will and at the time most of this shocked most of the culture. Yet still this would spark personal freedom for not just women but all in the form of sexual freedom, and outspoken rights as it was nice to see how these touch and go topics became the background and under work that helped create a national treasure and icon like "Wonder Woman". Really this is a great informative historical film to see worth your time to explore topics like sexual freedom, outspoken women's rights and hope and freedom for all to open up to all generations.
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