WHEN I WAS TOWARD THE LAW Part II
MY FAVOURITE FILM :
"A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS" -THE PAUL SCHOFIELD VERSION
|The King's Good Servant -|
But God's First
|Summoned by Cardinal Wolsey|
|On Trial prosecuted by Thomas Cromwell (Leo McKern)"|
The staging of the 1966 film was superb, with timber and stone being used in appropriate places, but in such a way as to highlight the dramatic quality of the unfolding story.Costumery was remarkable for its balance of opulence and restraint, reminding us of the constraints of the times, both economic,political and legal - for the sumptuary laws carefully governed what every layer of society might wear, and overdressing could have fatal consequences especially if you stood in line for the throne. This was a film that gave delight on so many levels that it is hard to do it justice. If any reader has NOT seen it, please get it out on DVD, better still buy the DVD and watch it and re-watch it, or download it. You could give yourself no more rewarding and entertaining gift. And at the same time you would learn so much about our Faith.
If you need to know something about St.Thomas More as a man , listen to
Robert Whittington writing in 1520, whose description gave the Play and Film their title :
|"" Now that the Court has determined to convict me,|
God knoweth how, I will discharge my mind........