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Watch A Man for All Seasons (1966) Discuss, and Socialize

  • Round Table Pizza-Marlow

    1791 Marlow Road, Santa Rosa, CA (map)

    38.451805 -122.752441

  • We'll be in Lady Guinivere's Lounge
  • This British Technicolor biographical drama features lush 16th century period settings, but most of all it portrays what it means to be a human being with integrity.  The film won six Oscars at the 39th Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor, was a critical and box office success, and ranks 43rd on the British Film Institute's list of the top 100 British films, among many, many other awards (and all this in a decade some consider to have been not well-favored with great films).

    The film and play both depict the final years of the life of Sir Thomas More, the 16th-century Lord Chancellor of England who refused to sign a letter asking Pope Clement VII to annul King Henry VIII of England's marriage to Catherine of Aragon and resigned rather than take an Oath of Supremacy declaring Henry VIII Supreme Head of the Church of England. Both the play and the film portray More as a man of integrity, motivated by his devout religious faith and envied by his largely opportunistic and uncourageous rivals, such as Thomas Cromwell. He is also deeply loved by his family and respected by the common people. The film's story is set between 1529 and 1535, at the high point of the reign of Henry VIII of England. Paul Scofield, who had played More in the West End stage premiere, also took the lead in the film version, buttressed by a very strong supporting cast.

    The credits for this Technicolor extravaganza include:

    • Production Co.:  Highland Films
    • Distribution Co.:  Columbia Pictures
    • Story:  "A Man for All Seasons", a 1960 play by Robert Bolt 
    • Screenplay:  Robert Bolt
    • Director:  Fred Zinnemann
    • Producer:  Fred Zinnemann
    • Cast:  Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Orson Welles, Robert Shaw, Susannah York.  (Also Nigel Davenport, Corin Redgrave and, in one of his earliest screen roles, John Hurt.)
     
    Based on https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Man_for_All_Seasons_(1966_film) and http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060665/.

    This venue has worked out well for us. It has an enclosed room, a large screen, and food and beverages available. You're welcome to buy food and beverages on the way in but it may be easier and faster to just come into the room and take some food from the shared food table (and drop a buck or two into the kitty, if you like).  If you're running late, please don't order pizza, just eat from the shared table so we can start on time.  Please arrive and have your food and beverages set up as close to 3:00 (or before) as you can.

    'See you then!

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  • Dicksie

    A movie that has meant a lot to me over the years. I often think about "What are the words..?" as More once asked his daughter, before responding to a request from the king; when the situation seems open to misinterpretation or unintended consequences.

    5 days ago

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