Historian & A Movie: Belle

February 23, 2024
29 Warburton Ave. Yonkers, NY 10701

Historian & a Movie: Belle (2013)

Friday, February 23, 2024
7:00 PM | Free, in-person

In 1779, Lady Elizabeth Murray and her cousin, Dido Elizabeth Belle, sat for their portrait. An unremarkable event but for one detail: Dido’s heritage. The illegitimate daughter of a British naval captain and an enslaved woman, Dido was sent to England upon the death of her mother. There, she was raised free in an aristocratic household with her cousin Elizabeth. “Belle” (2013, 104 mins, PG) is a fictionalized account of the real Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay, following Belle as she struggles to find acceptance and love in White British society. Aaron Robinson, site manager of Senate House State Historic Site, and Michael Lord, site manager of Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site will share details of what happened to the real Belle, the history of slavery in the British Empire, and what the film gets right and wrong. “Belle” is rated PG and is suitable for families.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended, but not required. Refreshments provided by the Friends of Philipse Manor Hall.

The Historian & A Movie is a program series in which Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Sites invites historians and subject experts to give commentary on popular Hollywood films with historical subjects.

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