Coming from an area where the races seemed to mix rather easily — Richard's father even worked for a black man, and Mildred was part Native American — the film has a real feel for its environment, and takes the Lovings' relationship as perfectly normal. There's not even a "happy beginning," really. But for Hollywood and anyone looking to have a dialogue about race relations, it was an important day. Or click through the following slideshow, which features movies released since Jungle Fever that offer their own takes on the topic, with mixed results. Movies are slowly introducing more interracial relationships, with two films in the pipeline — Cannes favorite Loving, and the David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike project A United Kingdom — that will explore real-life relationships in a historical context. Advertisement "The fact any miscegenation laws even existed, these are vestiges of slavery," says Jeff Nichols, director of "Loving," a new film based on the famous case starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. Black man, white woman is the ultimate taboo. But there are no big love scenes in the film, and it "shows Hollywood's fear of a black man with a white woman," says Donald Bogle, author of "Elizabeth and Michael: Wesley Snipes plays the married Black lover to Annabella Sciorra's Italian-American Brooklynite, and both catch flak from family, friends, and strangers. Griffith's racist depiction "The Birth of a Nation," in which, as described by NYU film professor Sam Pollard, "the black man was this evil beast defiling white womanhood in one scene, a white woman commits suicide rather than be 'violated' by a black man ," Hollywood has tiptoed around, or outright ignored, realistic depictions of interracial romance. Virginia struck down laws banning miscegenation, Sidney Poitier starred in "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" as a black man romantically involved with blond Katherine Houghton. The film starts with a dedication to Yusuf Hawkins, a Black man who was killed in by Brooklyn locals who wrongly thought he was in their Bensonhurst neighborhood to meet a white woman.