"A Strange Battle": What is true (and fiction) in Felicity Jones' new movie
It tells the true story – with some inventions in between – by Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the United States Supreme Court has given this talk in the film. In May, he premiered the documentary film "RBG", which crowned some of the great episodes of his career and personal life with interviews – both himself and family members, friends and colleagues.
This Thursday, January 10, premiere "A Different Match". The movie made by Mimi Leader focuses on a certain time in Ginsburg's life. She is played by Felicity Jones, while her husband, Martin "Marty" Ginsburg, became Armie Hammer.
She focuses on her early years as a mother, a college student, a teacher, and then a lawyer. It has been going on for more than a decade and is the main case of gender discrimination in Ginsburg, Moritz v. Commissioner, 1972.
Charles Moritz was the plaintiff. It was an unmarried son who took care of her mother – she was very sick. Under the current law, Moritz could not deduct certain expenses from his mother to be a solitary man – he had to be divorced or a widower who would be included in these parameters. On the other hand, any woman at that time would be entitled to these deductions. Therefore, it was a case of discrimination against the male sex.
In the film, Ruth Bader Ginsburg is portrayed as the woman she is: a strong woman. He takes care of his daughter, Jane, while participating in the Harvard classes, and helps the man follow him, even after he was diagnosed with the testicles. It was quite serious at that time.
Although the judge has been involved in the production of the film, there are several parts in the story that are fiction. "This film is partly in fact, and partly imaginative – but what is amazing about it is that the imagined parts fit perfectly into the story," Ginsburg told the NPR. cited by the time.
The authors – including Ginsburg's nephew Daniel Stiepleman – decided that reality did not always serve the story. Nine made a mistake on "A Different Match". That's what is true, partly true or just fiction.
Fiction: Ruth Bader Ginsburg went to the men's classes for him when Marty did cancer treatment
In the movie, when Marty is diagnosed with cancer, he and Ruth decide they will face the disease together. Shortly afterwards, Ruth arrives late – with books and a briefcase in her hand – for a classroom full of men at Harvard. She explains to the teacher that she will be in her husband's classes for him – in addition to going to own.
Although cancer and the couple's reaction was true, Ruth did not participate in her husband's classes during his third year of law school. It was his colleagues who helped him most in this task: they took notes to him and even gave him an explanation.
"Therefore, I do not think Harvard is the fiercely competitive institution as it is sometimes described. When Marty got sick, my colleagues and colleagues gathered around us and helped them spend the year," so Ginsburg in an interview.
However, Ginsburg wrote his husband's work for him – because of the physical effort to be on the typewriter's head – and assured him that he would handle all that was needed to complete the course. In the last two weeks of the last semester, Marty had recovered and could go to class. It was the semester where he had better grades.
Facts: Ginsburg took the course in Columbia after transferring from Harvard
When Martin Ginsburg graduated from Harvard, Ruth was still a year away. It was at this time that Marty received an offer of indisputable employment – which forced him to move to New York and leave Boston, in Massachusetts where he is Harvard.
But the principal of Harvard University, playing in the movie by Sam Waterston, did not allow her to take a Harvard course if she completed it at Columbia University, where Ruth would transfer. That's what really happened.
Despite Ginsburg's protests, he ended up with a Columbia course instead of Harvard. Decades later, after the great success of his career, Harvard wanted to give him a degree of honor. Ruth refused and took Columbia course: "You can't rewrite the story," he said.
Partly true: Despite the large curriculum, Ginsburg could not get a job with a law firm
Ruth Bader Ginsburg was one of the best in his class in Columbia and had participated in Harvard. He would have a bright future as soon as he left college. Only he couldn't find a job with a law firm. She was a woman and a Jew who made it difficult to recruit.
The film shows how Ruth couldn't secure a job as a lawyer and came to Rutgers University for her first job. But in reality she worked with some judges before her college job.
The discrimination film demonstrates in job interviews was real. There was another judge who didn't want to hire her because she wasn't good at talking to dirty words in front of women.
In Rutgers, she was also subjected to discrimination for being a woman. When she became pregnant with her second child, James, she still had no fixed place. She was afraid she would not be hired to teach the next year and hide her pregnancy in loose clothing until she got the contract.
Facts: Marty Ginsburg did the cooking at home
In the film, the Ginsburg marriage is portrayed as an egalitarian and progressive relationship, both of which have the same rights. In reality, it was just like that. Marty, who died in 2010, loved cooking for her family and it was he who used to treat dinner at home.
Just as the woman supported him at Harvard during cancer, Marty always supported her in her career – something that wasn't very common at the time. Ruth said what attracted her to her future husband when they met was that he appreciated her intelligence.
Fiction: Ginsburg wondered about his first introductory statements in court
In the movie, when Ruth makes her original statements in court before three scary judges, she pauses in an unpleasant manner. "When you're ready, Mrs Ginsburg," one of the judges said.
The real Ginsburg says this is one of the film's fictional moments. She was never wrong in her arguments in court.
Fact: Ruth and her husband split the time in Moritz vs Commissioner
That is right. In court, Ginsburg separated time and topics from each other in Moritz vs. Commissioner case. As the film shows, it was Martin's turn to first talk about tax aspects of the case. Then it was Ruth who talked about gender discrimination in the process.
The couple won the case and thus Rutt's mission to terminate gender-discriminatory laws – whether men or women were the bad ones.