Inherit The Wind Film Review

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Adapting history to the movie screen is not a novel concept. Many movie productions have captured audiences ' attentions and shed light on historical happenings. However, there is the occasional movie that goes above and beyond being a simple historical flick. Inherit the Wind is a perfect example of this exceptionalism. The movie, a classic take on the social issues of 1920 's America, is directed by Stanley Kramer and features stars like Gene Kelley, Spencer Tracey, and Fredric March (IMDb). The movie appeals to both history geeks and the general population alike, and it is rated for general audiences. It leaves this audience both captivated with the skilled acting and brilliantly crafted plot and enlightened with historical knowledge of an otherwise obscure time. Inherit the Wind is a movie everyone can …show more content…
It is no wonder why professional movie reviewers resort to statements such as, "Mr. Kramer has wonderfully accomplished not only a graphic fleshing of his theme, but he also has got one of the most brilliant and engrossing displays of acting ever witnessed on the screen," to refer to the skilled acting in the movie (Crowther). The brilliant acting is proven throughout the movie. One of the most poignant scenes is at the culmination of oral arguments in the trial. Brady, the driven and defiant prosecutor, will be unconventionally called to the stand as a witness for the defense. He faces interrogation on his beliefs and those found in the bible, and has no choice but to admit that Bertram Cates has every right to think for himself and to teach evolution in his classroom. The actors brilliantly culminate the entirety of the social and religious turmoil of 1920 's America into this fiery and intolerant match of intellectual geniuses. Without the superb acting prowess demonstrated, the scene would not have left the audience glued to their

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