In 1999, named A Man for All Seasons the. What Robert Bolt and Fred Zinnemann had wrought is absolutely brought to glorious life by the incomparable characterization of Sir Thomas More by the chronically underrated Paul Scofield. Leo McKern is brilliant as politically motivated prosecutor, Lord Cromwell. The author, Robert Bolt, was an agnostic who nevertheless found himself totally in awe of the Catholic saint and martyr, Sir Thomas More. A Man for All Seasons was a critical and box office success. His close friend, , attempts to draw out his opinions in a friendly private chat, but More knows that the time for speaking openly of such matters is over.
It will be revered as a great film 100 years from now. It won the at the , while the cast and crew won another five, including for Zinnemann and for Scofield. Also, while was the judge both historically and in the play's depiction of the trial, the character of the was created for the film. Maybe the protagonist will be able to find someone else because he is so trying and traveling around the country for one single purpose. The movie is technically as perfect as an historical epic can be. The story takes place in 16th century England. More is interrogated, but refuses to answer.
Phil Miller worked in a bank and disliked it, that place, his colleagues. He was made for Bolt's dialogue, and Bolt's dialogue is drilled forever into our conscious by Scofield's flawless performance. I can't add anything to what has already been said about A Man for All Seasons. He couldn't do it and I always found that insanely admirable and the life one wants to emulate to some degree. More quietly resigns as Lord Chancellor rather than accept the new order. For where is the man of that gentleness, lowliness and affability? Be that as it may, men like Sir Thomas More, who adoration life yet have the ethical fiber to set out their lives for their standards, are found in consistently. The streets are empty, Phil is the only one left on Earth after an unknown catastrophe.
The soundtrack is historically accurate and perfectly positioned. Bolt adapted his radio play into a stage play in 1960. It was directed by , who had previously directed the films and. Just download your favorite episodes and enjoy watching them with A usual guy The Last Man on Earth is a fantastic comedy that tells about an ordinary guy who was left on the planet all by himself. Cromwell, in a meeting with Norfolk, implies that More's troubles would be over were he to attend the King's wedding to Anne Boleyn. Key sounds punctuate three pregnant pauses with explosive impact.
We feel his hope, weariness, fire, virtue, protectiveness, morality, and bemusement as richly as he conveys each one frequently, one right after another. He can use anything, go anywhere, go for shopping and take whatever he likes. It's very easy to see this film superficially as a moral fable, and many people scoff at it as being a stagy morality play. A few minor scenes were added to the play, for instance Wolsey's death, More's investiture as Chancellor, and the King's wedding to , to cover narrative gaps left by the exclusion of the Common Man. Rich then testifies that when he came to take away More's books, More told him he would not take the Oath because the King could not be Head of the Church, thus committing treason by contradicting the Act of Supremacy. Infuriated, Cromwell declares that the King views him as a , but allows him to return home.
The acting, direction, and design of this movie are uniformly excellent. A bit subtler, but no less brilliant is Nigel Davenport as a man of some conscience, but not quite enough. But I never felt the same connection to The Crucible because in that instance John Proctor is just going to great lengths to try to keep his name, whereas Thomas More went to great lengths to keep what he felt was his soul intact. Upon learning that it names the King as Supreme Head of the Church, More refuses to take it and is subsequently imprisoned in the. I think it is difficult for citizens in our present secular society to truly understand just how central a role religion played in a man's life during the period of the film; it was an age of faith when Christianity exerted the most powerful of influences on one's thinking.
A man for all seasons. Phil sings in an empty stadium, imagining that the stands are full. When More declines the invitation, he is summoned again to Hampton Court, now occupied by Cromwell. Maybe you'll have to choose between letting some jerk bully your little cousin and keeping your job at that jerk's dad's office. Every minute she is on the screen is magnificent. Something is very very wrong with rating system that says The Big Lebowski is a better film. A Man For All Seasons is an erudite examination of the old Biblical maxim: a man cannot serve two masters.
More remains steadfast in his refusal to take the Oath and refuses to explain his objections, knowing that he cannot be convicted if he hasn't explicitly denied the King's supremacy. More is finally brought to trial, but refuses to speak about the marriage or why he will not take the Oath, and cites his silence in defence. When it came time to adapt a movie version, Bolt wrote a third version: a screenplay. Everything else is also here. One day they all disappeared. This is one of my favorite films.