CINEMA: GOING ALL THE WAY

THE CRUCIBLE AND BREAKING THE WAVES PORTRAY FERVENT OBSESSIONS, RELIGIOUS AS WELL AS SEXUAL

Religious faith and sexual love--these warring siblings, the stuff of powerful drama, hardly ever show up together in modern films. Yet here are two on that subject, both set in bleak fundamentalist communities, both with sturdy pedigrees and eyes for Oscar. The Crucible, from Arthur Miller's 1953 play about the Salem witch trials, has the year's classiest cast, led by Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield and Joan Allen. Breaking the Waves, Danish director Lars Von Trier's English-language fable on the miracle of love, had critics weeping at this year's Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. The...

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