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A Man for All Seasons
This Best Picture winner centers on the conflict between Sir Thomas More and King Henry VIII over England’s break from the Catholic Church.
Winner of six Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor, this historical contest of wills has just been digitally restored.
Adapted by Robert Bolt from his hit stage play, the story centers on the staunchly Catholic Sir Thomas More's (Paul Scofield) refusal to acknowledge King Henry VIII’s (Robert Shaw) break from the church to divorce his first wife and marry Anne Boleyn (Vanessa Redgrave). Keep an eye out for other cameos: John Hurt as the deceitful Richard Rich (More's put-downs of this despicable character provide some of the film's biggest laughs) and Orson Welles as a delightfully dour Cardinal Wolsey.
Come for the political intrigue, stay for the verbal courtroom fireworks.
D: Fred Zinneman, US, 1966, 2h
Hop Film hasn’t played A Man for All Seasons in the last 30 years, and its recent restoration provides a perfect opportunity. This film is being programmed in conjunction with a Dartmouth class on the Protestant Reformation, but it is incredibly relevant to our current political moment as well. Those who tuned into the James Comey hearing this summer may find interesting parallels. Cardinal Wolsey sums up More’s problem best: “You’re a constant regret to me, Thomas. If you could just see facts…flat on without that horrible moral squint…”
For those of you who enjoy binging on House of Cards, The West Wing and (obviously) The Tudors, this film will be right up your alley.
—Sydney and Johanna, Hop Film