Movie-A-Day #39: The Crucible (1996).
Two Winona Ryder films in a row? Hellz yeah! It was on this date in 1692 that a village doctor in Salem, Mass., first suggested that two young girls might have been the targets of malicious witchcraft. Within the course of the next few months, this spiraled out of control to become the notorious Salem witch trials. Arthur Miller’s 1953 play “The Crucible” the witch trials became a parable the anti-Communist fervor of the time, and his screenplay for Nicholas Hynter’s film version makes sure that message is still pertinent today – whether the targets are terrorists, “Obama socialists” or “teabaggers.”