Battle of the Sexes
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In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, the 1973 tennis match between women's World #1 Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-men's-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the Battle of the Sexes and became one of the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world. As the rivalry between King and Riggs kicked into high gear, off-court each was fighting more personal and complex battles. The fiercely private King was not only championing for equality, but also struggling to come to terms with her own sexuality, as her friendship with Marilyn Barnett (Andrea Riseborough) developed. And Riggs, one of the first self-made media-age celebrities, wrestled with his gambling demons, at the expense of his family and wife Priscilla (Elisabeth Shue). Together, Billie and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beyond the tennis court, sparking discussions in bedrooms and boardrooms that continue to reverberate today.
Special Event: Past, Present, Future: Can Tennis Change the World?
A benefit for Friends of Berkeley High Tennis
Sunday, October 8 10am
Following the screening participants go to the Berkeley Tennis Club for hors d'ouvres and a panel discussion about the film, its meaning today and ways people of all ages can address these many issues. Panel includes Joel Drucker, BTC member and tennis historian; Rita Liberti, sports historian and professor at Cal State East Bay and Shaun Chaudhuri, gender rights activist and member of the Board of Directors for the US National Committee for UN Women, San Francisco Bay Area.
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