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L'Inghilterra dei Tudor: Enrico VIII

Won 6 Academy Awards (Oscar): Best Director, Best Actor in a Leading Role, Best Cinematography Color, Best Costume Design Color, Best Picture, Best Writing Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium - Won 7 BAFTA Film Awards: Best British Actor, Best British Art Direction Colour,  Best British Cinematography Colour, Best British Costume Colour,  Best British Film, Best British Screenplay,  Best Film from any Source - Won 4 Golden Globes: Best Motion Picture Drama, Best Motion Picture Actor Drama,  Best Motion Picture Director,  Best Screenplay - Won 4 National Board of Review Awards: Best Actor, Best Director, Best Picture English Language, Best Supporting Actor - Won 4 New York Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Actor, Best Director,Best Film, Best Screenplay - Won 2 Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor - Won 2 Moscow International Film Festival Awards: Best Actor, Special Mention - Won 1 Directors Guild of America Award: Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures -  Won 1 Golden Laurel Award: General Entertainment, and 2nd place Golden Laurel: Male Dramatic Performance - Won 1 Writers' Guild of Great Britain Award: Best British Screenplay - 2 Nominations Academy Awards (Oscar): Best Actor in a Supporting Role,  Best Actress in a Supporting Role -  1 Nomination Golden Globe: Best Supporting Actor - 1 Nomination  Golden Laurel Awards: Female Supporting Performance1 Nomination  Moscow International Film Festival Grand Prix


(A Man for All Seasons)

1966, regia di Fred Zinnemann



Scheda: Nazione: GB - Produzione: Open Road - Distribuzione: Columbia Pictures, Columbia Tristar Home Video - Soggetto: dal testo di Robert Bolt - Sceneggiatura: Robert Bolt - Fotografia: Ted Moore - Montaggio: Ralph Kemplen - Scenografia: Terence Marsh - Costumi: Joan Bridge, Elizabeth Haffenden - Musiche: Georges Delerue - Formato: Panoramica Technicolor - Durata: 120'.

Cast: Paul Scofield, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Robert Shaw, Orson Welles, Susannah York, Nigel Davenport, John Hurt, Corin Redgrave, Colin Blakely, Cyril Luckham, Jack Gwillim, Thomas Heathcote, Yootha Joyce, Anthony Nicholls, John Nettleton, Vanessa Redgrave.




Trama e commenti: - - - - - - - «Il capriccioso e dissoluto Enrico VIII vuole divorziare da Caterina d'Aragona, che non gli ha dato figli, per sposare Anna Bolena, di cui è innamorato. Per strappare l'assenso del papa, pretende l'aiuto di un gentiluomo molto religioso, stimato anche a Roma: sir Thomas Moore. Ma né gli onori né le minacce portano Moore (che pagherà con la vita) a cedere sul precetto dell'indissolubilità del matrimonio. Realizzazione di austera ma elegante dignità sul conflitto di cui Thomas Moore, poi santificato dalla Chiesa, fu l'eroica vittima. Oscar 1966 per il film, la regia, la sceneggiatura, i costumi, la fotografia e il protagonista Paul Scofield».

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - - - - - - «This adaptation of Robert Bolt's hit play proved to be both prestigious and commercial. Studio executives were unsure whether folks would turn out for the story of Sir Thomas More, a Catholic statesman in England who rebelled against Henry VIII's self-proclaimed status as the head of the Church of England and paid for his beliefs with his life. More (Scofield) is appointed to succeed Cardinal Wolsey (Welles) as Lord Chancellor. He comes to grips with Shaw, as Henry VIII, who wants to divorce his barren wife and take a new bride. Henry needs a male heir, but Rome (for reasons both political and spiritual) won't grant an annulment. Henry breaks with the Pope, declaring himself spiritual ruler of the new Church of England, and demands More's endorsement. More is torn between loyalty to his monarch and concern for his immortal soul; a lawyer, he at first hopes to survive through ethical hairsplitting. But the king's rage, and the machinations of Thomas Cromwell (Leo McKern), force his hand. Scofield is magnificent in his first major film role; Shaw stands out as an energetic, youthfully impetuous Henry. Director Zinnemann never allows his primarily stage-trained actors to indulge in theatrical over-emoting. This absorbing film features inventive camerawork and superior production values. Winner of six Oscars, the film won the exact same awards (and Best British Film as well) from the British Film Academy».

Approfondimenti: Movie Review


Vedi il remake televisivo Un uomo per tutte le stagioni, 1988.



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