Splendid, consistent, conscientious, real, and perfectly stoic, just like its hero. Scofield, with that inimitable voice, is perfect in one of the most exquisitely controlled performances ever filmed. Hurt was a real find, perfectly despicable as he grasps blindly for a conscience, and Hiller lends the right note of gruff acidity to balance her almost maddeningly even-keeled husband. Beautifully shot outdoor scenes.
More's story is incredible and immensely inspirational, but I've never been able to call myself a fan of this film. The dialogue is flowery and the tone is ceaselessly formal, to the point where it lessens the emotional impact that the story should have. I've never cared for Scofield faux-Shakespearian approach to his performance, and I found Shaw's acting to be erratic and hammy.
Un film datato. La forza della coerenza, nel 1966 leggibile come appoggio a chi Oltrecortina resisteva alle pressioni imposte dalla dittatura, l'apologia di un martire cristiano nell'Inghilterra anglicana, la pesantezza dei dialoghi... stemperano l'abilità degli attori (tra cui un sempre grande Welles). Perdibile
The visual style influenced Stanley Kubrick, with lots of still shots (gargoyles and the prows of boats.) Lots of atmospheric shots of water and the woods. Not particularly effective here... Kubrick makes great use of these, and other elements in "2001..." and "The Shining." I think some of the shots of the woods and plants influenced Tarkovsky. But Zinnemenn's weeds are much easier to take then Tarkovsky's...
Six Academy awards and four Golden Globes. This is solid stuff. Thomas More, the firm Honest Man, against Henry VIII and his weathercocks. I like a lot the way Fred Zinnemann describes this antagonism by opposing during the whole film More's well-grounded mansion and Henry VIII's frail barks. Note how much the director insists on Henry VIII and his sycophants' difficulty to reach the riverside. Highly recommended.
Well acted, mainly, but the filmmaking is pedestrian, at best. And expecting me to feel pity for Thomas More being hideously executed when he'd himself had so many others executed for such hideous crimes as owning English language versions of the Bible doesn't exactly work.