Sun 7 Nov

The Crucible

Cert. tbc

Classics

Les Sorcières de Salem

145 mins

in French with EN subs

FRA/GER | 1957 | dir. Raymond Rouleau, with Simone Signoret, Yves Montand, Mylène Demongeot, Jean Debucourt | Screenplay by Jean-Paul Sartre, based on Arthur Miller's play The Crucible

In puritanical Salem (Massachusetts) upstanding farmer John Proctor (Yves Montand) is tempted by beautiful teenage boarder Abigail Williams (Mylène Demongeot), because his chilly wife, Elisabeth (Simone Signoret), has begun to spurn his amorous attentions. When Elisabeth catches the lovers together and demands that Abigail leave their home, the tempestuous young girl exacts her revenge by accusing the woman of witchcraft. The village elders are only too ready to believe the girl’s fanciful claims. Based on the famous play by Arthur Miller and adapted for the screen by Jean-Paul Sartre, Raymond Rouleau’s The Crucible earned Signoret the BAFTA for Best Actress in 1958.

Sun 7 Nov 1.20pm

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