Movie Diary 8/22/2017

Inherit the Wind (Stanley Kramer, 1960). The monkey trial, fictionalized for the stage and adapted for film, with big plates of chewy meat for Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, and Gene Kelly. It is not a great movie, for sure. I can’t deny the impact this thing had on my young self, however, and I have to honor that. I was curious about seeing it again during our era of renewed national stupidity. The theme song here is “Give Me That Old Time Religion,” but it might as well be “Everything Old Is New Again.”

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