Since the invention of the art of cinema, many films have been made about the lives of the saints of the Catholic Church. But few, very few of these movies can be considered true masterpieces. Definitively, one of these is A Man for All Seasons. Thanks to the excellent interpretation of the English actor Paul Scofield, this is one of the most convincing presentations of a saint’s life ever created.
Illustrating the life of Saint Thomas Morus (1478 – 1535), A Man for All Seasons accurately presents not only the historical context in which one the most famous Christian martyrs lived, but also the inner tribulations of a wise soul. The issue exposed by Saint Thomas More is a crucial one: the conflict between obedience to a legitimate earthly king as Henry the 8th and fidelity to the Supreme King – God – himself.
Faced with such a difficult choice, Saint Thomas More paid the highest possible price to follow the way to the Heavenly Kingdom. By giving his life he teaches us that the freedom to confess the Truth is possible even under the most odious tyranny. By declaring himself “the king’s good servant, and God’s first”, he shows the right hierarchy of authorities. That of God, the first, that of political and ecclesiastical leaders, the second.
- Original title: A Man for All Seasons (based on the play with the same title published in 1960)
- Author of the play: Robert Bolt
- Original language: English
- Starring: Paul Scofield (Saint Thomas More) / Robert Archibald Shaw (King Henry 8th) / Orson Welles (Cardinal Wolsey)
- Genre: Historical movie
- Release date: 1966
- Public: Adults, teenagers
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