King Henry VIII of England

A Man for All Seasons: Brief Notes


The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage.—IMDb, A Man for All Seasons (1966).

Title: A Man for All Seasons
Director: Fred Zinnemann
Date of Release: 1966
Awards: 6 Oscars, 4 Golden Globes, and multiple others
  • Paul Scofield as Thomas More
  • Robert Shaw as Henry VIII
  • Orson Welles as Cardinal Wolsey

READ the following notes to enhance the movie-watching experience:

The movie takes place in England in the 16th century during the last seven years of Sir Thomas More’s life.
Director Zinnemann spotlights the River Thames for its consistent presence in English history. In the movie, the river is the link between King Henry VIII’s Castle and Sir Thomas More’s residence.
Zinnemann struggled with how to portray an ideological disagreement in a movie, a big challenge for a director. Choosing not to indulge in pyrotechnics (special effects, visual fireworks, etc.), he relied on accomplished and talented actors to meet his goal.
Knowledge of this period in English history helps to understand the lengthy discourses in the movie. For quick research beforehand, check this source: Wikipedia (Henry VIII of England, 2017, Nov 01).
Many consider Sir Thomas More as the greatest Englishman of the era—a man who would not compromise his principles under any circumstance (Thomas More, 2017, Nov 2). It has been said that men and women like Sir Thomas More come around only once in a century. Another example is Mahatma Gandhi.


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