Magazine November 21, 2016, Issue

A Man for All Seasons at 50

Robert Shaw (King Henry VIII) and Paul Scofield (Sir Thomas More) in A Man for All Seasons (John Springer Collection/Corbis via Getty)

The Santa Monica Civic Audi­torium is not a likely place to look for saints.

The venue was, for eight years in the 1960s, the home base of the Academy Awards, which then — as now — declined to make a practice of honoring films that took as their subjects spiritual matters or religious figures. To read a rundown of Best Picture recipients is to confirm this impression. Yes, there is Leo McCarey’s lovely Going My Way (1944), with Bing Crosby starring as a priest, not to mention William Wyler’s ponderous Biblical epic Ben-Hur (1959). A case could be made, perhaps, for

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Peter Tonguette — Mr. Tonguette writes about the arts for the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Examiner, The American Conservative, and other publications.

In This Issue



Books, Arts & Manners

Politics & Policy

A Strange Superman

The Accountant, the new Ben Affleck action vehicle, is founded on a genuinely original idea. Indeed, I feel safe in ven­turing that nobody, in cinema or literature, has invented an ...


Politics & Policy


Humble Experts The widespread connotation of “elitist” is one of arrogance and a haughtiness born not of achievement in the trenches but of patrician privilege. However, I feel certain this was ...
Politics & Policy

The Week

‐ We predict the morally dubious figure with an awful record in public life and much-remarked-upon blond hair will lose the election — and, unhappily, win it.  ‐ To former Bill ...
Politics & Policy


FIRST WORDS And then I resolved that thenceforward I would choose for the theme of my writing only the praise of this most gracious being. But when I had thought exceedingly, ...


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