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    I've just watched A Man For All Seasons (Fred Zimmerman's film of the Robert Bolt play) and was absolutely blown away by it - especially Paul Scofield's central performance.

    So I'm wondering if anyone has any recommendations of films with acting of a similar quality.

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  • Antonio Rochira

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    Well, he did win an Academy Award for that one!

    If you enjoyed that, you may enjoy 'The Lion In Winter'.

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  • Antonio Rochira

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    The 1968 version!

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  • Alan Wales

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    Derek Jacobi in Love Is The Devil. He simply IS Francis Bacon. Paul Giamatti in Sideways. Beautiful performance.

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    This might sound a little ridiculous as it's quite a 'lightweight' film - but there is a scene in 'Peter's Friends' in which Imelda Staunton is incredible. She's arguing with her husband (Hugh Laurie) about the death of their son, and she is absolutely amazing; has me in tears every time.

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  • Mary Gerardine Hooton

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    Black and white version of 'To Kill a Mockingbird'. Watched it as a child, and can still picture the scenes in my head now.

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  • Noel Burton

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    Trivia questions:

    Why did he do to win the Oscar in a role he didn't show much emotion in?

    How many actors did Fred Zinneman audition for the part before he cast Scofield?

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  • Noel Burton

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    That should be: What did he do...

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  • Noel Burton

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    I forgot to recommend Tunes of Glory, with Alec Guinness and John Mills.

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  • Antonio Rochira

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    Acting isn't just about showing emotion surely...isn't as much about not showing it sometimes?! Or just about having a 'presence' even.

    How much emotion does Anthony Hopkins show in Silence of the Lambs, or even Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man?

    Besides, I think it was just a different style of acting...before the whole 'Method' came into effect.

    Whenever I think of Laurence Olivier 'emotion' is the last thing that comes to mind.

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  • Noel Burton

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    I mean, from the pov of the arc or architecture of his performance, in my opinion there was one moment that clinched the Oscar for him. Without it, I don't believe he would have won it.

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  • James Sutherland

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    Hi mate,

    saw your Forum posting. The great lamented Paul Scofield is a favourite actor of mine. Great Omnibus prog on at Xmas about him. Seems as though he was a wonderful man too. Quiet, shy and unassuming. Didn't like the glitz. Family man. Private. His performance in 'AMFAS' was towering (what a voice)and worthy of his oscar award. When we talk about great acting in great films - well we could talk and talk. But one that springs to mind as it's a period piece also, made around the same time too, is 'Becket' with Richard Burton and Peter O'Toole in the central roles. People talk about Burton never realising his potential and perhaps there is truth in that. He was a big drinker, but so was O'Toole. But rarely have I seen Burton not dominate on screen. But in my humble opinion O'Toole steals the show. Another great performance. Awesome! Have a look.

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    if you want to see more of paul schofield on film then his portrayal of king lear in peter brook's production is brilliant and heart-breaking!

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  • Noel Burton

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    I saw Scofield play Timon of Athens at Stratford two nights in a row shortly after he won the Oscar back in '67. I'd bought the wrong tickets the second night, but saw the show again anyway. The first night he blew me away with his stage presence and voice and his command of text. The second night he blew me away because he was off, everyone was off, he forgot lines, names of characters, even corpsed once doing so, yet he held it together and kept driving through even though the audience was tuning out on him. It was one of the best lessons I ever had as a young actor, to see an Oscar winner lose it yet not lose it.

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    Funny, I feel the opposite to other posters regarding A Man For All Seasons and King Lear.

    I thought Scofield's reserve in AMFAS was character-based - an individual whose belief in reason was second only to his belief in God; when his emotion does break through (when his family visit him in prison for example), it is absolutely heart-rending.

    Whereas I found his Lear strangely vacant. With the wintry conditions, the production is evidently meant to be austere; but I found Lear difficult to connect with.

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  • Noel Burton

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    Of course the play avoids the dark side of Thomas More - a real wierdo into self-flagellation and hair shirts and all, or so the story goes. Bolt portrays him as tres noble, and not religiously driven - the Catholic pov -whereas he was a religious fanatic by all accounts.

    The less-than-3-seconds flash of real emotion he lets out when he hugs his wife goodbye is the correct answer to my first trivia question. When I teach acting for camera I use it as an example of how a great actor constructs a performance. He got angry with Roper just over half way through, but the rest of his performance is a masterpiece of contained feeling. Well, the whole performance is a masterpiece. Of course, it's written that way, to give Bolt credit where credit is due.

    The film of Lear let him down, I thought. The director got in the way with all the tricksy photography. I think Scofield's Lear is one of the best on record. Charles Marowitz wrote an interesting rehearsal diary during the original stage production. Well worth a read for students of Scofield's method.

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  • Neill Scullard

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    "Let Him Have It". Christopher ecclstone and Tom Courtny. 1st film to make me blub!

    Neill

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  • Andrew Lawden

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    "once upon a time in America " with de nero and woods must be in there

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  • Blake J Askew

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    Meryl Streep every time for me.

    :)

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    aAH Paul Schofield trully a man for all seasons.... the day he died I had to go out and play thomas more ... of course I didnt do him justice but hopefully something rubbed off after watching his many sublime performances... a great great actor and man RIP

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