A good film on a good trial from a nation of lawyers. With a perfect illustration of Socratic dialectic or 'maieutique' inside, the kind which helps you understand what socrates represents.
And why he was eventually sentenced to death by the 'polis'.
Kramer yet again knocking it out of the park with the controversial and still relevant argument of faith and science. I'd give it 5 stars if it weren't for the incessant "(Give me that) Old Time Religion" throughout the film. It was like nails on the chalkboard the first time.
Acting is top-notch, particularly the 2 leads + preacher. A ton of passion that only rarely comes off as over the top. Music/spirituals are used ironically but sound very beautiful themselves. Lead-up to trial is too long, get on w it. Reporter is annoying but good foil to his fellow agnostic. Love the interaction of the leads. Biggest issue is the director being uncharitable to the other side, he prefers moralizing
Great film about religion. Kelly gives a surprisingly deep performance in this rare non-musical role. Tracy is Tracy, just another fine performance in what feels like a neverending list. Kramer keeps the direction tight, and makes the courtroom scenes quite claustrophobic at times to great effect. A real winner. 5 stars
The beliefs of the South achieves a rather extremely caricature in its portraying, but I guess we can't blame Kramer for that. He was just sticking to the truth here. The script adaptation did a good coverage on the subject going from religion to Enlightenment values, passing by human ego, fears and flaws, Nihilism, as well as the unfounded defense of tradition through the protection of some political Establishment.
I don't think I could watch this movie too many times. The two leads play off each other beautifully, with a very stong supporting cast setting a solid foundation. There are some great artistic shots in between powerful and cutting dialogue with a surprisingly modern take on the religion/atheism debate for an early 60s American movie. One of my favourite movies of all time.
Un drama judicial de esos que les gusta al país del norte. El juicio como espectáculo y el enfrentamiento de dos discursos antagónicos. Aburrido en ocasiones, moralista a más no poder. Un Gene Kelly insoportablemente artificioso.