The Crucible 1996

The Crucible 1996

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The movie ‘The Crucible’ was released on 27th November 1996 with the core producers being Robert A. Miller and David V. Picker. The movie was directed through the initiatives of Nicholas Hytner with its three primary stars being Paul Scofield, Winona Ryder, and Daniel Day-Lewis.[1] The adaptation regarding the movie has significant similarity with that of a play and currently it broad audience within college classrooms as well as high schools. At the same time, it is observed that the script was established through the initiatives of Arthur Miller, who was aged 81 years during this specific time.

The Plot

Within Salem Massachusetts, it is observed that a group regarding teen girls goes to dance in the forest with Tituba, who is a black slave. It is evident that as they are dancing, Reverend Parris, a local minister catches them. Betty, Parris’ daughter enters into a state that is similar to a coma. Consequently, rumors regarding witchcraft engulf the town. Abigail, the niece to Parris starts to desire a local farmer named John Proctor.[2] Mary Warren who is a servant to Elizabeth and is part of Abigail’s circle reports that Elizabeth under the accusation pertaining to witchcraft although the court has not   pursued the accusation. Mary Warren is later on brought to court by Proctor to provide evidence the teen girls have been cheating about witchcraft. In the mean time, Abigail as well as the girls coax that Mary has started to bewitch them and eventually, Mary collapses and arraigns Proctor for being witchcraft. However, Proctor reacts by raging against her as well as the court.

The Reality

A critical assessment regarding the movie indicates that it was considerably based on real people. The core character in this case is John Proctor who is farmer residing in town and is the husband to Elizabeth Proctor.[3] Another person that has a critical role within this movie encompasses Abigail Williams who is the niece to Reverend Parris and a servant to John Proctor. As well, Reverend John Hale is a significant figure and a young figure within the movie that is supposed to have expertise regarding witchcraft. The other people that have had an influence on the movie entail Reverend Parris, Rebecca Nurse, Judge Danforth, Giles Corey, and Ann Putnam. A close examination regarding the film indicates that it has actual events which are historically accurate. For instance, there are official judgments pertaining to the court regarding the land. Ideally, the main judgment is centered on Reverend John Hale as well as Judge Danforth.

The Setting

The setting associated with this movie is typically a backdrop concerning witch hunts as well as trials within Salem Massachusetts. Ideally, the movie is on a true story and as such its setting is actual and real. It is observed that the play dramatizes the scenarios which took place in a Puritan society that was characterized by significant aversion to witches. As well, it is observed that there are various features which include forests and rivers and they have been set in places they should be in the actual setting. The props that are used for this movie resemble the real setting associated with Salem village. The movie takes place for a duration of two hours and four minutes.

Evaluation

A critical assessment regarding the movie indicates that it had various weaknesses and strengths. As pertains to the strengths, it is evident that the actors such as John and Elizabeth play a critical role in development of the various themes in the movie. In addition, it is observed that the story within the movie unfolds slowly and there are no aspects associated with vagueness.[4] On the same note, it is evident that the entire story builds to a logical climax as well as resolves in a manner that is satisfactorily. In this regard, it is observed that as the movie ends, John Proctor experiences a martyr’s death. Through his refusal to cheat to as well as concede to witchcraft, John Proctor forfeits his life. Finally, I can recommend the movie to another student due to the actuality that the movie does not have aspects of vagueness and it unfolds slowly.

References

Brunner, John. 2014. The Crucible Analysis. 2nd ed. New York: Open Road Media.

Miller, Robert A., and David V. Picker. 1996. The Crucible. DVD. USA.

Shulgas, Barbara. 2016. “The Crucible – Movie Review”. Commonsensemedia.Org. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/the-crucible.


[1] Miller, Robert A., and David V. Picker. 1996. The Crucible. DVD. USA.

[2] Miller, Robert A., and David V. Picker. 1996. The Crucible. DVD. USA.

[3] Brunner, John. 2014. The Crucible Analysis. 2nd ed. New York: Open Road Media.

[4] Shulgas, Barbara. 2016. “The Crucible – Movie Review”. Commonsensemedia.Org. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/movie-reviews/the-crucible.

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