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Whether it is accurate in all its details or not A Man for All Seasons is an attempt to present the historical conflict between Thomas More and Henry VIII The conflict could be viewed as merely a political one but neither history nor the filmmakers have viewed Mores conduct purely in that light although Henry followed a policy which advanced his personal power while it diminished the power of the Church of Rome Sir Thomas More was a moral intellectual who adhered to principles that transcended political expediency There was a point beyond which he was unwilling to compromise his personal convictions Robert Bolt borrows some of Brechts devices in creating his remarkable play A Man for All Seasons I tried then for a bold and beautiful verbal architecture a story rather than a plot and overtly theatrical means of switching from one locale to another I also used the most notorious of alienation devices an actor who addresses the audience and comments on the action He is intended to draw the audience into the play Bolts narratorparticipant is a brilliant creation in a tale about Kings and Cardinals Playing a half dozen parts as functionaries eg servant boatman jailer publican etc The Common Man sets the scenes and constantly reminds us that we are watching a play He also and perhaps most importantly adds his perspective on all these proceedings forever reinforcing that he is the quintessential man on the street Occasionally he jumps right out of character time and period to give us an historical perspective Hes tricky loquacious charming amusing and opinionated and he most often speaks in the commonsense tones of everyday life And yet as persuasive and amusing as The Common Man is I think his true function is to keep the focus on the one uncommon man in the entire play-Sir Thomas More In a play ripe with religious and political ideas kings and princes cardinals
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