1 thought on “The Crucible (1996) short review

  1. From the picture, it looks as if the producers have costumed it far earlier than 1692, which is usually the case. Puritanism developed in the late 16th century, got strong in England in the early to mid-17th, then waned after the Restoration 11 years of no fun didn’t do much for their popularity. Although Cromwell was an Independent and not a Puritan, he followed their lead on many points. Puritans did not wear all black all the time; almost never, in fact, because a) they considered it too extreme, and b) it was fashionable at court, largely due to Spanish influence on fashion. They did wear mulberry, dark green, brown, and tawny. The common image of the Puritan/Pilgrim in this country is a slightly off version of the St- Gaudens statue, but with a wide belt and buckled shoes. And the buckle on the hat — all wrong. First, not all the Pilgrims were Puritans, Second, the hat, called a capotain, was seldom if ever worn with a buckle in the band; third, belts of that era were narrow and segmented for carrying a sword, and fitted close to a waistline that starts out high and descending to a point in front, then gets lower, then disappears altogether as the coat replaces the doublet. By the time of Salem, coats are knee length, have no collar, but do have turned back wide cuffs and turned back fronts which become the facings on military uniforms. Think pirate. Ornate wigs also come into this era. Buckles on shoes show up in the last half of the century, but are small. As for the TV series, I find it a guilty pleasure as an occult fantasy, but don’t even begin to take Montgomery’s WTF outfits as historical. Hysterical, maybe. They’re much more accurate depicting the magickal aspects.

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