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Inherit the Wind


Tuesday Feb 12, 2013 (1:30pm)



Skirball Cultural Center (Venue Partner)

2701 N Sepulveda Blvd.





In light of the continuing debate over evolution, classroom favorite Inherit the Wind remains an all-too-relevant portrayal of the ongoing battle between science and faith. The courtroom drama, which examines the infamous "Scopes Monkey Trial," presents a cogent critique of religious dogmatism and a loving defense of intellectual freedom. Spencer Tracy is terrific as the cursing, wisecracking defense attorney, as is Gene Kelly as a cynical reporter who says things like, "I may be rancid butter, but I'm on your side of the bread." Fans of Christian fundamentalist exposés should find plenty to enjoy (and shudder at) in this ageless film.

Suzanne Niemoth, Flavorpill

Skirball Cultural Center says…

In honor of Charles Darwin's birthday! Loosely based on the famous John T. Scopes trial and set in 1925, Inherit the Wind examines the separation of church and state. In the film, a daring high school teacher (Dick York) challenges a state law by teaching Darwin's theory of evolution. What follows is a notorious public trial that tested the strength of the Constitution. Staring Frederic March and Spencer Tracy. Directed by Stanley Kramer. (1960, 128 min. Rated PG.)