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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Jeffrey Overstreet departed the Patheos network in order to escape click-bait advertisements that were offending him and his readers. He will re-launch Looking Closer at lookingcloser.org soon. He is the author of The Auralia Thread, a four-volume fantasy series that begins with Auralia's Colors, and a memoir of "dangerous moviegoing" called Through a Screen Darkly. He teaches creative writing and film studies; speaks internationally about art and faith; served as Writer-in-Residence at Covenant College; and is employed by Seattle Pacific University as a project manager, copyeditor, and writer.

  • 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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