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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)

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The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, and his polyamorous relationship with his wife and his mistress who would inspire his creation of the superheroine, Wonder Woman.

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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.

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R for strong sexual content including brief graphic images, and language. | See all certifications »
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El profesor Marston y la Mujer Maravilla  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$736,883, 15 October 2017, Wide Release

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$1,584,759, 20 November 2017
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Though promoted as "the true story" of William Moulton Marston, Elizabeth Marston and Olive Byrne, most of this film is speculative as the Marstons' never accounted their intimate life. 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 »

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In a scene set in the 1920's, Prof. Marston says that he was "in the OSS" during World War I. But the OSS didn't exist until 1942. In the twenties, "in the OSS" would have been meaningless. See more »

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Olive Byrne: [From trailer] A comic book, Bill?
William Moulton Marston: Well, it's perfect. I'm going to inject my ideas right into the thumping heart of America. I mean, I'll get a real artist to draw it properly.
Elizabeth Marston: She's an Amazon princess that lives on an island of all women?
William Moulton Marston: Paradise Island.
Elizabeth Marston: And a man crash lands on the island.
William Moulton Marston: Yeah. Steve Trevor, the spy.
Olive Byrne: And she wears a burlesque outfit?
William Moulton Marston: Well, it's athletic!
Olive Byrne: And silver bracelets.
William Moulton Marston: They deflect bullets.
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This is squalid fiction masquerading as documentary.
22 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

This film is a shallow and inaccurate depiction of someone's fantasy. It has little to do with Dr. Marston's life and the creation of Wonder Women. For a well researched history of this topic see Jill Lepore's work, The Secret History of Wonder Women.

Wikipedia says, "In an interview with Mark Walters, William Moulton Marston's granddaughter Christie Marston stated that the film is historically inaccurate. She said that the creators of the film did not contact her family and that the "depiction of the family and Wonder Woman's origins are made up". She also posted a statement on Twitter saying that "the film is not a true story. It is based on someone's imagination not in any way related to my family." In another interview with Rob Salkowitz for Forbes, Marston argues against two aspects of the film. The first lies in the depiction of the Elizabeth and Olive: "The relationship between Gram, Elizabeth Marston, and Dots, Olive Byrne, is wrong; they were as sisters, not lovers." The second part revolves around the depiction of the origin of Wonder Woman, which has "William Moulton Marston presenting an idea for a female hero, and Elizabeth nay saying the idea, declaring that nobody would ever publish it." Christie Marston states instead that when her grandfather was asked by his publisher to create a comic character, he "went home and discussed it with my grandmother. She said to go ahead and do it, but that it had to be a woman." Marston further elaborates on Elizabeth and Olive by stating that she spent a lot of time with her open-minded grandmother who never gave indication to her of a relationship with Olive. She also states that Elizabeth and Olive continued to share the responsibilities for bringing up the four children in the household after Marston's death because it was economically viable for both women. Christie Marston repeated and elaborated upon these statements in an op-ed for the Hollywood Reporter.

It is appalling to me that someone would capitalize on the revolutionary work done by Dr. Marston and misrepresent it so badly.


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