Does a good job of placing A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS . . .
. . . into some sort of historical context, though it is greatly skewed toward the Roman Catholic viewpoint of the Reformation in England. This is not surprising, since Dr. Gerard B. Wegemer, founding director of the Center for Thomas More Studies, is one of the three talking heads whose interview snippets are punctuated by 14 still slides (mostly paintings of the historical figures involved in the events fictionalized in A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS) and clips from the movie itself. Another of the talking head trio, Henry VIII biographer Alison Weir, appears to be wearing some sort of religious jewelry. It is important to remember that Sir Thomas (beheaded for High Treason) is a saint of the Roman Catholic Church--NOT the Church of England. Normally, it is the WINNERS who write history, but in this case there is a strong taste of sour grapes among these representatives of the LOSING side, who only have a pulpit to stand on because of their outfit's continued success in OTHER, less Reformed countries. Weir, for instance, labels the man Tudor Period author Dr. John Guy calls "Britain's greatest centralizing force" as a "bloated monster." Hardly objective. However, despite these bias flaws, I rated THE LIFE OF SAINT THOMAS MORE as an 8 out of 10, and would recommend it to others who have enough critical thinking ability to separate the wheat of truth from the chaff of superstitious revisionists.
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