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A Man for all Seasons (1966)

Heretics, Revolutionaries, and Reformers: A Film Series

Saturday, October 21, 2017, 3:00pm

A Man for all Seasons dramatizes the final years of Thomas More, between 1529–35, as he defies Henry VIII’s attempt to have him approve the annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon and take the Oath of Supremacy, making the king the “Supreme Head of the Church of England.” Based on the award-winning play by Robert Bolt, who also wrote the screenplay, the film won six Oscars®, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Actor (Paul Scofield as Thomas More). In English, Latin, Spanish, and French with English subtitles. (35mm Presentation)

Commemorating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses on the door at Wittenberg—an act of dissent that is often taken as inaugurating the Protestant Reformation—this series tells four stories of religious dissidents, reformers, and revolutionaries in the centuries surrounding Luther’s catalytic act. Each of these films engages the dangers of speaking out against or trying to reform powerful political or religious institutions. These films depict the fluid relations between marginalized figures and centers of power and between the sometimes conflicting authorities of law and of conscience. And each story invites us to consider what might be at stake in speaking one’s conscience, critiquing authorities, articulating dissent, calling for reform, or challenging the status quo—not only in the pre-modern world but also, perhaps, in our own. Films in the series include Becket (1964), A Man for All Seasons (1966), Luther (2003), and La Passion de Jean D’Arc (1928).

This series is sponsored by The Medieval Studies Institute, The Renaissance Studies Program, the Departments of Religious Studies and English, the College Arts and Humanities Institute, and IU Cinema.