In the Dark

Of Death and Birth

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
Produced by Boxspring Entertainment 
Written and directed by Angela Robinson 
Distributed by Annapurna Pictures 

Blade Runner 2049
Produced by Columbia Pictures and Warner Brothers 
Directed by Denis Villeneuve
Screenplay by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green 
Distributed by Warner Brothers 

Watching director Angela Robinson’s Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, I was reminded of Oscar Wilde’s comment concerning sexual tact.  “I have no objection to anyone’s sex life,” he once revealed, “as long as they don’t practice it in the street and frighten the horses.”  Robinson has wantonly ignored Wilde’s stricture.  Her film takes polyamory well into the street to frighten the horsey among us.  Well, perhaps not frighten.  Let’s say mildly startle.  We’ve been too well trained in what passes for contemporary sexual ethics to fear displays of carnal intimacy of any sort, however irregular.

I first learned of Prof. William Marston and his, shall we say, peculiarities while researching his role in the making of the Wonder Woman comic-book franchise.  Marston dreamt up the comic book in 1940 to further his feminist intentions.  He wanted to inspire...

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