All the hullabaloo surrounding the Royal Wedding that is going on right now, for some reason made me think of Robert Zimmerman's awesome A Man For All Seasons from 1966 starring Paul Scofield as Sir Thomas More. If you aren't familiar with the film or the story it tells, you can read a little bit about Sir Thomas More here. Or you can just enjoy the trailer for the film below.
As much as make fun of myself for the low-grade crap that I'm constantly watching, I do have a secret high-brow side that I rarely let anyone see. With that in mind, I have to say that A Man For All Seasons is probably in my top 5 movies of all-time. There isn't anything about it that I don't love. And historical dramas often bore me to tears. Not this one though. Maybe it's because of the subject matter of this particular film. King Henry VIII and his mechanisms of pushing England toward Reformation. It's fascinating stuff, in my opinion.
Speaking of Hank, I think Robert Shaw's depiction of him in this film is the best ever. Athletic and quick to anger or joy is something that was often written about Henry VIII. So the traditional depiction of the fat oaf with the greasy turkey leg has always bothered me. Shaw's Henry was dangerous, smart and larger than life. And that's how I always pictured the man.