I'm a big fan of The Guardian's Alex von Tunzelmann's Reel History film reviews
(I've previously mentioned
her reviews for Life of Brian
and the 1956 The Ten Commandments
). So I was pleased to see that von Tunzelmann recently reviewed Fred Zinnemann's 1966 film A Man For All Seasons
about the life of Thomas More. Ok so it's not a Bible film, but it is a historical film about a religious character, and as I wrote a little about it in my film chapter in Cut to the Chase 0.5
I thought I'd mention it. And, of course, it could also be classed as a hagiopic, and whilst it doesn't fit with Pamela Grace's
classification, the exception only makes it more interesting. Hagiopics (according to Grace) are not only films about the life of a saint, but the story about their divine encounters, suffering and experience of God coming good. In A Man for All Seasons
however More suffers plenty, but there is no divine encounter and ultimately God does not intervene.
Anyway, it's an interesting read. Anyone wanting a second opinion could try either Marilyn Ferdinand's review
(Ferdy on Films) or Steven D. Greydanus
's (Decent Films).
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