Farewell to Paul Scofield

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The great Paul Scofield, one of my favorite actors, has died.

Here’s a glimpse of his Oscar-winning turn in A Man for All Seasons:

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Watch for Scofield opposite Mel Gibson in Zefferlli’s version of Hamlet, which I’ve always liked:

Tributes are being collected at GreenCine Daily.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” called Through a Screen Darkly, and a four-volume series of fantasy novels called The Auralia Thread, which includes Auralia’s Colors, Cyndere’s Midnight, Raven’s Ladder, and The Ale Boy’s Feast. Jeffrey is a contributing editor for Seattle Pacific University’s Response magazine, and he writes about art, faith, and culture for Image, Filmwell, and his own website, LookingCloser.org. His work has also appeared in Paste, Relevant, Books and Culture, and Christianity Today (where he was a film columnist and critic for almost a decade). He lives in Shoreline, Washington. Visit him on Facebook at facebook.com/jeffreyoverstreethq.

  • azhiashalott

    Paul Scofield was magnificent as the title character in one of my favourite novel-to-movie adaptations: Martin Chuzzlewit. Despite its length, I have seen that movie numerous times.

  • http://fluorescentflicker.wordpress.com/ Mike Godfrey

    Hi Jeffrey,
    Both of these films you mention I love and Paul Scofield had such a screen presence (to use that exhausted phrase), in them.
    After seeing ‘A man for all seasons’ I was so affected by it-that I read Sir Thomas Moore’s biography.
    He was a rare performer.

  • http://zheist.blogspot.com wngl

    His brilliant performance of the ghost has haunted me since I first saw it in a Seattle theatre way back when. I even captured it on my little handheld recorder. At least a couple times a year since then I have listened to it with great pleasure.


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