Friday, September 30, 2011

The True 1692 at CinemaSalem

We got to see the premier of the new 3-D film, The True 1692, at CinemaSalem on Thursday.  If you are interested in the Witch Trials of 1692, you may want to add The True 1692 to your itinerary.

The film leads you, via first-person narration, into the world of Salem Village and Salem Town in 1692.  It talks about the social and political (and economic) atmospheres that caused unrest before the hysteria began.  It presents the afflicted and the accused, and gives the viewer a three-dimension perspective on the trials that happened so long ago, yet affect us in Salem every day.

Paul Van Ness, who produced the film, said at the premier that they chose the 3-D platform because 3-D requires the viewer to focus more on the film, and thus be more involved in the story.  It's true. The film is incredibly rich, and some of the scenes truly "pop" via the 3-D.  It immerses you in 1692 via the preserved landscapes at Salem 1630: Pioneer Village and the Rebecca Nurse Homestead, and draws you into the lives of colonists.

Particularly touching is the portrayal of Mary Eastey, who was hanged on September 22, 1692.  She writes a heartfelt letter to the courts, and her plea is rarely featured by other interpretations of the Witch Trials. 

If you see The True 1692, consider visiting the Witch Trial Memorial on Liberty Street afterward to pause for a moment of remembrance of what happened in Salem in 1692.  And think about the final words of those who were condemned, which are inscribed on the entrance stones to the memorial, disappearing under the stones on either side, unheard, just as Mary Eastey's words went unheeded.

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