Follow us:

Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

April 3, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Legal battle over ‘Margaret’ finally ends

The saga of “Margaret,” Kenneth Lonergan’s drama about a young woman deeply traumatized after witnessing (and, inadvertently, helping to cause) a terrible accident, wouldn’t be as interesting if the movie weren’t so good. Shot in 2005 and released seven years later, it was one of the movie highlights of 2012; a beautifully acted, sprawling tale of what it means to grow up. Its behind-the-scenes tale was every bit as complex, and deeply unfortunate: arguments with financiers, dueling versions of the film (including one by Martin Scorsese), a Twitter campaign to get the movie released, a legal dispute that carried on until this past week, when film financier Gary Gilbert filed a formal request for the lawsuit’s dismissal. It’s worth reading about the film’s struggles, just to get a sense of what it takes to get a movie into theaters; it’s even more worth seeing “Margaret,” a movie whose award hopes disappeared amongst the squabbling. Lonergan, perhaps understandably, doesn’t currently have a new movie in the works; he’s adapting E.M. Forster’s “Howards End” for BBC television.

Comments

COMMENTS

No personal attacks or insults, no hate speech, no profanity. Please keep the conversation civil and help us moderate this thread by reporting any abuse. See our Commenting FAQ.



The opinions expressed in reader comments are those of the author only, and do not reflect the opinions of The Seattle Times.


Advertising
The Seattle Times

The door is closed, but it's not locked.

Take a minute to subscribe and continue to enjoy The Seattle Times for as little as 99 cents a week.

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Subscriber login ►
The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription upgrade.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. For unlimited seattletimes.com access, please upgrade your digital subscription.

Call customer service at 1.800.542.0820 for assistance with your upgrade or questions about your subscriber status.

The Seattle Times

To keep reading, you need a subscription.

We hope you have enjoyed your complimentary access. Subscribe now for unlimited access!

Subscription options ►

Already a subscriber?

We've got good news for you. Unlimited seattletimes.com content access is included with most subscriptions.

Activate Subscriber Account ►