There’s a new film out about the Scopes trial (the most misreported trial in American history, about which a critic says,
If you like history this film is for you. This DVD will correct some of the many incorrect beliefs about the famous 1925 Scopes trial. One fact that it covers was the importance of racism as a motivating factor of W. J. Bryan to involve himself in the trial. Those who have read the trial transcript will soon realize how distorted the public view of the trial is, especially the play inherit the wind. This film is embellished slightly, but such is necessary to get a story out of a trial. Nonetheless the basic story is accurate and the acting and cinematography is great!!! A must see film.
The big misrepresentation, which we hope the film will correct, was that Darwinism in those days had anything to do with science; it was actually about eugenics. The poisonous textbook teacher John Scopes was charged with teaching from would never be allowed in any school district today!
According to sources, the film went directly to DVD, a common fate nowadays because distributors did not wnt to pay for theatre showings, but “But the film did show at quite a few film festivals, and it even won awards at some of them.” Details later, we think.