Belle

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Released 2014

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Director:
Amma Asante
Released:
2014
Rating:
PG
Period drama inspired by the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle. She was the illegitimate daughter of John Lindsay a Captain in the Royal Navy, stationed in the Caribbean with a Black woman named Maria Belle who bore him a daughter c. 1762. There has been a great deal of speculation about Maria Belle's status: whether enslaved, captured, free and so on. It is likely she was a slave aboard a captured Spanish ship.

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  • 100

    Movie Nation Roger Moore

    Beautifully cast, touchingly played and handsomely mounted, Belle is as close to perfect as any costumed romance has a right to be.

  • 70

    Variety Justin Chang

    That the film still works as well as it does is due to not only its polished craftsmanship and disarming comedy-of-manners approach, but also its fascinating insights into the conf...

  • 60

    The Guardian Henry Barnes

    Amma Asante's second feature tells Dido's extraordinary story in handsome, if formulaic, style.

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