A Film For All Seasons

(I originally posted this at The American Catholic, and I thought the film mavens of Almost Chosen People might enjoy it.)

I think I have probably watched A Man For All Seasons (1966) more times than any other film I have viewed, and that is saying something for me as I often like to revisit films that I have enjoyed.  Each time I view it I see something that I missed in it before.  The film is often quite subtle and an important point can go flitting by in an instant.  Like the man it vividly portrays, the film is complex and multi-faceted.  Recently this passage struck me with some force:

“The law is not a “light” for you or any man to see by; the law is not an instrument of any kind. …The law is a causeway upon which, so long as he keeps to it, a citizen may walk safely.”

In times of riot and widespread lawlessness, that is taken away from the citizens of a polity, and that is just what is happening in so many places in our nation today.  Great works of art are never frozen in amber.  They resonate forever in all times, and that is what this film does.

Published in: on August 6, 2020 at 5:30 am  Comments Off on A Film For All Seasons  
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