Thursday, November 01, 2007

A Man for All Seasons 1

'A Man for All Seasons' is a 1966 movie starring Paul Scofield as Sir Thomas More, the former Chancellor of England in the 16th Century who refused to endorse or denounce King Henry's wish to divorce his wife, Catherine of Aragon--who could not bear a son. The film is based on a play with the same name, written by Robert Bolt.

It's definitely one of my favorites. Idol ko yang si Thomas More kasi maprinsipyo siya. I don't know if I could lay down my life for principle, like him, but I do aspire for it.

One quotable quote was on the importance of law, and the fact that it protects everyone, and we should not trample on it to get to the bad guy.

William Roper: So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!
Sir Thomas More: Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
William Roper: Yes, I'd cut down every law in England to do that!
Sir Thomas More: Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned 'round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man's laws, not God's! And if you cut them down, and you're just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake!

Another quotable quote from the film (and the play) was about public service. Dapat ang publiko ang palaging nasa isipan ng isang tao habang siya ay isang opisyal ng gobyerno, at hindi ang sarili.

Sir Thomas More: I think that when statesmen forsake their own private conscience for the sake of their public duties, they lead their country by a short route to chaos.

St. More was truly a man all public servants should aspire to emulate.

Ma-download nga yung movie sa bitcomet.

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