Sunday, February 9, 2014

Flick Pick: A Man For All Seasons

A Man For All Seasons
(Columbia, 1962)

Once upon a time, films like this were shown to students merely to show with precision the naked majesty of logic, the law, and moral integrity. The conjunction of those three in one man, Sir Thomas More, as depicted in this adaptation of Robert Bolt's stage play never disappoints. The movie is still at minimum, an introductory course in political ethics, and for some officials, would be the equivalent of a Ph.D. were they to pay attention. Scofield is as commanding in the role as he must have been on stage, and likely as much as More was in person. Also introduces John Hurt to film audiences.
Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Scofield), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design

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