A report on the man for all seasons a british biographical drama film by fred zinnemann
The place of the Common Man in history is emphasized when he says in his opening speech, "the sixteenth century was the century of the Common Man-like all the other centuries.
The image of a laughing Thomas More should remind us, as we proceed to look for traces of the original text in this film, that the author of Utopia possessed a tremendous sense of humor.
Bordwell, David. Early in the film, More tells Rich that the silver cup is a bribe. More reportedly asked that his beard should not be harmed because it had not offended the King.
The theme of corruption is also illustrated, in Rich's rise to power, the Common Man being drawn into the events of the storyline, and in the deliberately anachronistic portrayal of Henry as a younger, athletic man in he would have been almost forty and already putting on weight. In A Man for All Seasons, More, in realizing that a silver cup is a bribe, throws the cup into the river. With nothing left to lose, More denounces the King's actions as illegal, citing the Biblical basis for the authority of the Papacy over Christendom and further declaring that the Church's immunity to State interference is guaranteed both in Magna Carta and in the King's own Coronation Oath. Here, More is even subordinating, in a fashion, heavenly order to earthly organization. It would seem that A Man for All Seasons confirms Utopia as an exercise in the submission of the ideal to the practical. More remains steadfast in his refusal to take the Oath and refuses to explain his objections, knowing that he cannot be convicted if he hasn't explicitly denied the King's supremacy. If He suffers us to come to such a case that there is no escaping, then we can stand to our tackle as best we can. Yes, I give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake! More answers that Rich has broken no law, "And go he should if he were the Devil himself until he broke the law!
Despite traditional elements, the film is, in its own way, a child of its period. If only you could see facts flat on without that horrible moral squint. Love Right Through In several sections, we have seen the battle between pragmatism and idealism.
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