When I first began subscribing to Netflix, one of the things I decided to do was use the service to see classics that I'd somehow escaped while growing up. So scattered throughout my queue are films such as Breakfast at Tiffany's (No. 6), All About Eve, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf? (for my money, one of the most disturbing films ever made--I haven't seen a live performance). Last night, I saw Inherit the Wind, the film based on the play based on the Scopes Monkey Trial.
According to the Wikipedia page, the play and film were intended to generally warn against religious fanaticism in the abstract, and McCarthyism (i.e., all the discussion about the case being about allowing a man to think). Yet it seems particularly relevant in a literal sense today given the recent attempts to get creationism taught in the schools via so-called "intelligent design."
This is pure speculation, but I can't help but think that the playwrights and filmmakers simply figured that it was a settled issue, and that its only relevance was metaphorical.
Perhaps it should be both.
The film and my thoughts about it have led me to think about Galileo, and his treatment at the hands of the Catholic Church for his beliefs in heliocentrism. I'll save that discussion, though, for another post.