Sunday, March 23, 2008

A Man for All Seasons

Paul Scofield, the great British actor, died Wednesday at the age of 86.

He was perhaps most famous for bringing to life St. Thomas More in the '60s play and movie "A Man for All Seasons." In fact, Scofield won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the portrayal of this chancellor of King Henry VIII of England.

I suppose it's fitting to recall Thomas More on Easter Day. He went to his death attempting to do what he thought he was right as a Christian.

Here are some clips from "A Man for All Seasons":

An aside: I remember first watching "A Man for All Seasons" in late May or early June of 1991 when I had was homebound with full-blown chicken pox. (I was in 9th grade and extremely frustrated to be missing all of the end-of-the-school-year activities.) The video tape was a loaner from the McDonald Free Library in my hometown of McDonald, PA.

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