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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

curated: setting the record straight on ‘Professor Marston’’s portrayal of Josette Frank

Josette Frank’s granddaughter on how the way her grandmother comes across in the film isn’t her whole story:

FYI: my review of Professor Marston & the Wonder Women

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  • Tonio Kruger

    Yet more proof that the more interesting stuff is usually left out of Hollywood biopics — so much so that I suspect that we should begin considering such movies part of the alternative history genre.

  • This isn’t a movie about Frank, however. (That would be a completely different movie.)

  • Tonio Kruger

    And no doubt, a better one. :-)

  • RogerBW

    Many biopics (especially of people with living relatives who need to be kept sweet to get access to the research materials, or who might sue) tend to take the approach that their subject was a saint, and everyone who opposed them was therefore a sinner. I’d much rather see something about complicated real people.

  • That would be tough, because *Marston* is really terrific.

  • IntrepidNormal

    In spite of the title, the movie is very much Elizabeth’s story, she had the most compelling arc of them all. As for Frank, I read the book, I know she wasn’t the villain the movie makes her out to be, but a movie needs a villain, and even in the case of the film she seemed less a monster than a person just doing her job.

  • Tonio Kruger

    Normally I’d agree with you but in this instance, the beloved relative’s account presents a more complex and believable image of Ms. Frank than the movie. I understand the reasons why the movie did the things they did with Ms. Frank’s character; I just don’t believe that they were artistically necessary.

    Then again — as MaryAnn has said — this is not a movie about Josette Frank.

  • Tonio Kruger

    Heh. Yes, she did seem like a person just doing her job. Not only that, but one of the lines of dialogue she was given in both the movie and the trailer sounded like something one would expect to hear from a modern-day feminist.

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