The Salem Witch Trials, By Joseph Sargent Essay

2429 Words Nov 28th, 2016 10 Pages
Most have heard of the witch trials that took place in Salem Village in the late 1600s. According to historians, these trials are Puritans’ final attempt in trying to preserve their religion. The famous Salem witch trials captured the attention of thousands over the years, thanks to the trials’ gory legend. Astonished by these trials, movie producers saw the potential of making a captivating movie within the folklore surrounding the trials, but sometimes they focus too much on the legend instead of the truth behind the trials. One film, named “Salem Witch Trials,” stands out compared to others. This movie, directed by Joseph Sargent, drew the attention of numerous people thanks to the leading actors and actresses. Because of their off-screen popularity, the director focuses on actress and actor Kirstie Alley and Henry Czerny, portrayed in the film as Ann Putnam and Reverend Samuel Paris. Although this movie has otherwise well-known actors and actresses, this movie only won two major awards. One award was the Directors Guild of Canada’s Outstanding Achievement in Production Design - Long Form, awarded to Nancey Pankiw, the production designer for the movie. The second award was from the Young Artist Awards in 2004, and Katie Boland, who played Annie Putnam, won the Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special - Leading Young Actress. The movie “Salem Witch Trials” splits into two parts. The first half of the movie begins inside of a church, and girls are screaming…

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