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The Crucible

3

A McCarthy-era retelling of the Salem witch trials

A McCarthy-era retelling of the Salem witch trials, Arthur Miller’s 1953 play is a literary classic, but this adap falls short.

Daniel Day-Lewis is as committed as ever (despite playing, um, an adulterer), and Paul Scofield electrifies as the judge overseeing proceedings, but theatre director Nicholas Hytner can’t lift the film from its stage origins, and it all feels oddly routine.

Interesting to wonder what a born filmmaker could’ve done with the material, had they waited for the Bush era and the play’s unfortunate return to relevance.

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