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5.0 out of 5 stars But For Wales?, March 18, 2004
This review is from: A Man for All Seasons (DVD)
One of the finest films of all time, directed by Fred ( High Noon, From Here to Eternity ) Zinnemann. Among the ensemble of players are Wendy Hiller, Orson Welles, Susanna York, Robert Shaw, Leo Mc Kern and--in one of his earliest roles--a young John Hurt. Truly a cast for all seasons!
It's an acting lesson, headed by the great Paul Scofield who not only captures the essence of Sir Thomas Moore, but who does so with superb economy of motion; he hardly makes a gesture thoughout the entire film--- Duse would have loved it.
How does he do it? Well, as I said, it's an acting lesson. Suffice it to say he rightly deserved winning the Oscar.
Robert Bolt's brilliant play is a study of contrasts with a mystery at the heart of the theme: Was Moore a Saint who is now in Heaven with The Blessed, or was he a fool who could have died in his bed at a ripe old age after a lifetime of domestic felicity and the highest honors his country could bestow upon him?
If there is no God, or if you believe that the conflict between The Anglican and Catholic Churches to be of no paramount importance, is your integrity still worth losing your head on the chopping block?
Hmm. . .
Magnificent in every respect.
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Initial post: Jan 7, 2008 3:38:04 PM PST
I've loved this film since college. Thank you for such a spot-on review.

Posted on Nov 9, 2008 2:15:07 PM PST
Carol says:
I just read the play after seeing the movie a few years ago. I underlined so many pearls in this play! I have the movie on hold from my library since the last version was a VHS without special features! Can't wait. This is such a great discussion film. I might show it to a group of high schoolers to get their reaction.

Do we die or ruin our life for a principle? The same question is posed in the recent movie, *Flash of Genius."
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