In 1555 France, an aging Michel de Nostradamus reads aloud a letter he has written to sleeping young son, intended to be read when the boy is older and Nostradamus has passed. He explains his concerns about writing down his prophecies, and the reason he has decided to do so. Next, the prophetical writings of Nostradamus are compared to numerous actual historical events during the French Revolution as examples of the accuracy of his predictions. Finally, a Nostradamus prophecy about a period of peace is offered as a possible outlook for contemporary America. Written by
Nostradamus is back in the second of MGM's "Prophecies of Nostradamus" series. The story starts with Nostradamus writing a letter to his young son about what he can leave his son after he's gone. His son, by the way, is asleep a few feet away as Nostradamus reads this letter aloud. He brags about how he's the only person in the world given the gift of prophecy. He teases that he could tell his son all the stuff that's going to happen for the next thousand years but that he has to be careful because people would freak out. So he says he wrote it all down for future generations to decipher. This is all fairly cute, particularly as the actor playing Nostradamus puts on a Shakespearean performance during the reading of this letter. Narrator Carey Wilson then goes into one of Nostradamus' predictions. He apparently predicted the French Revolution and the fate of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. It appears some stock movie footage is used here. This an amusing short. Regardless of how one feels about the validity of Nostradamus, I think you'll find this is an agreeable way to pass ten minutes.
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