Sunday, January 16, 2005

You've got heresy

Originally filmed in French as Le moine et la sorcière ("The monk and the sorceress"), this 1987 take on the Inquisition is available dubbed in English as The Sorceress, and it packs some surprises. To quote the Internet Movie Database plot summary:

A Dominican friar visits a 13th-century French village in search of heretics. Despite the opposition of the local priest and the indifference of the villagers, he finds a seemingly perfect suspect: a young woman who lives in a forest outside the village and cures people with herbs and folk remedies.

When the monk arrives, all full of bright ideas, I could not help thinking of Prof. Hill in The Music Man. You know how it goes: "You got trouble, folks, right here in River City . . . . and that rhymes with 'H' and that stands for 'heresy.'" But what rhymes with 'H'? Shakespeare used "ache," but that does not work anymore in spoken English.

Forget the silly rhymes and watch The Sorceress. I liked the cult of St. Guinefort the greyhound, once you get past the beginning.


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