Saturday, July 7, 2012

No. 10 Inherit the Wind (196)

Remember the wisdom of Solomon in the book of Proverbs. "He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind." 

Why does 'Inherit the wind' make this human rights film diary blog?  What does it have to do with human rights?  Well, the right to freedom of expression for one, the right to education and the right to a fair trial are just three rights which pop into my head.  

Inherit the Wind (1960) is Stanley Kramer's movie about the 1925 Scopes Monkey.  As the movie poster states 'Its all about the fabulous monkey trial that rocked America'.   The film is based on a play by the same name and has been remade a number of times.  Starring Gene Kelly, Spencer Tracey and Frederic March, the film was written as a parable for McCarthyism.  

The movie focuses on the trial of science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.  The trial judge disallows any scientific evidence to be called allowing for reliance solely on the Bible.  The press descend on the town where a 'witch hunt' has begun to take place.  A really excellent film full of great and witty lines.  


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