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The Best Picture Project – A Man For All Seasons (1966)

Directed by Fred Zinnemann

Starring Paul Schofield, Leo McKern, John Hurt, Wendy Hiller, Robert Shaw and Orson Wells

Written by Robert Bolt, from his play of the same name

I struggled a little bit with A Man For All Seasons.  It wasn’t that the movie was bad, and I thought it didn’t deserve to win best picture.  Or that the performances were bad, or the writing was boring, because none of that was true.  Rather, I struggled because A Man For All Seasons happens to be one of those films that, despite winning Best Picture, falls into the category of ‘doesn’t invoke passion from me.’  Perhaps if I were a Brit, or overly religious and cared about the reformation of the church in England, I’d have some way into the film, but I don’t.  Instead, it’s just another of those movies that I saw that, despite finding nothing I could really fault about it, I also couldn’t find anything to trumpet about it. Continue reading

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