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Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary. Very good.

SIFF's capsule summary: "As the United States Supreme Court leans increasingly to the right, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's vigorous dissenting opinions and ferocious 20-push-up workouts have earned this tiny, soft-spoken intellectual giant the status of rock star and the title 'Notorious RBG.'
  "At 84, and still inspired by the lawyers who defended free speech during the Red Scare, Ginsburg refuses to relinquish her passionate duty, steadily fighting for equal rights for all citizens under the law. Through intimate interviews and unprecedented access to Ginsburg's life outside the court, RBG tells the electric story of Ginsburg's consuming love affairs with both the Constitution and her beloved husband Marty-and of a life's work that led her to become an icon of justice in the highest court in the land." (US, 2018, 97 minutes)
SIFF link: RBG

This documentary of Ruth Bader Ginsburg tells how, although she was one of the top students in her law school, law firms wouldn't hire her because she was a woman, so she went to teach at a law school instead. She took on civil rights cases, taking six to the Supreme Court, and usually winning. She became a judge, then a Supreme Court judge, and also a celebrity. With her for most of the way was her husband, from the time they met in school until his death.

8 Very Good The film did a very good job of telling a story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, how her personal and professional lives influenced each other, and why she has become one of the biggest celebrity on the Supreme Court. The interviews and archival material support the story well, and production values are high. And in addition to being informative, the film is good entertainment.

Overall, I rate the film very good.

Languages: English.

Rating: This film has a US rating of "PG"; there's nothing to object to unless one takes issue with Justice Ginsburg's political positions.

Screening: 4:30 pm, SIFF Cinema at the Egyptian.
Audience: small crowd, 575 seats (450 main, 125 balcony).

Snacks: popcorn.

Ads and announcements:

  • TV5 Monde — This French-language television channel is a long-time SIFF sponsor.
  • Watchguard — This newish SIFF sponsor has an ad that looks like it's for a techno-thriller film.
  • Delta Dental — This ad is pretty boring, but at least they're sponsoring SIFF.
  • Pan Pacific Hotel Seattle — This ad is really pretty.
  • "SIFF members get it" — I know most of the people in the background of this clip (and Carl, of course), though not the three actors. It seems SIFF likes this clip enough that they're still using it even though Carl has moved on.
  • SIFF 2018 trailer — This clip shows a couple of people becoming friends through the shared experience of SIFF.
  • 1945 — This Hungarian post-WWII drama looks interesting.
  • Sadie — This SIFF feature looks good; we'll probably see it.
  • The Bookshop — This film is scheduled as the SIFF opening film, and looks good.
  • courtesy note — A title card requesting that people not talk or text during the film. (No one did.)

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