A Man for All Seasons
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But this is a wonderful movie and I recommend it with great enthusiasm. It is a powerful movie and can have some useful at least temporary curative effect on the soul suffering under the ironical detachment and cynicism of our time. Scofield is wonderful and the definitive performance of this role. Orson Welles is quite special as the corpulent and corrupt Cardinal Wolsey. John Hurt is superb as the traitor Richard Rich. Shaw is fine as Henry VIII as is the rest of the cast.
And who can forget the line where More asks to see chain of office that Richard Rich was given to perjure himself and betray More. After examining it and being told that Sir Richard was made the Attorney General of Wales More says, "Richard, it profits a man nothing to trade his soul for the whole world, but for Wales ..." Wonderful stuff.
The disk offers the wide screen theatrical release and a full screen version for those who like to see less of the picture in order to avoid the upper and lower "bars". There is also the original trailer.
There are no other features on the disk beyond scene selection.
This disk belongs in every collection and should be reviewed regularly as an healthful tonic to help remedy the bilious nihilism of our age.
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.
I've seen the DVD over 200 times and can probably follow it word for word.
Other than Paul Scoffield's absolutely BRILLIANT performance, the other performance which shines through is that of a young, handsome John Hurt playing Richard Rich. [You might recognize Hurt as the magical wands-shopkeeper in the Harry Potter film series.]
Some of the greatest lines/scenes in this incredibly intelligent, clever film:
Richard Rich: "I'm not depressed. I'm lamenting. I've lost my innocence!" (nervously joking)
Cromwell: (snaps) "Some time ago. You only just noticed?"
As an another reviewer pointed out, More's greatest line in the film: "Why Richard, it profits a man nothing to lose his soul for the whole world... but for Wales??"
The movie is even better than the play itself, as the film refines certain elements (i.e., omits Chapuys's character, streamlines the relationship with Rich). However, the film only made VERY minor changes to the play -- since the play is quite brilliant and in no need of change -- so fans of the play will be surprised and pleased at how little the lines were changed.
I can't recommend this movie enough. Other than "The Passion of the Christ", it's my favorite film.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an absolutely exquisite edition of this classic film. The color, the sharpness, and the quality of the audio are superb. Read morePublished 9 days ago by David A. Greene
Great movie; highly recommend it anyone; Catholics will be enriched by it.Published 10 days ago by Joe
One of the best historical movies dealing with Henry VIII's divorce and his break with the Church. The struggle of Thomas Moore and The King is well played and the acting is great. Read morePublished 12 days ago by stuart
Apart from an incoherent performance by a washed up Orson Welles, this is tried and true middle English history. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Mitch R.
IMHO, this is one of the greatest true stories ever to reach the screen. Not only one of the greatest stories, but one of the greatest men in world history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by jimv
wonderful acting. Great story and beautiful sets made this a classic!Published 2 months ago by judy demarest
A true Oscar winner. A true story about a remarkable man in a turbulent time.Published 2 months ago by Thomas M. Carlin
A man for all seasons, indeed, especially in this current season of our tumultuous times. A man that fascinated playwright Robert Bolt enough to write the excellent play upon which... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steven C