Oh good, you're watching it, too!
I am so disappointed that on this rerun they are cutting it off sharp at the hour, and some of the episodes are longer, so I'm missing stuff. It's a good thing I can look at the DVD's, or see it, as you say, on Amazon. I must hook up that FIRE stick thing so I can see it full size (or bigger than a pea anyway).
Yes, the whole thing was supposedly about the difference in Cromwell, how Rylance's portrayal (which is nothing short of wonderful) makes him seem so...what would you say? Not the horrid monster one may previously have thought, tho there ARE hints. Mantel has taken the liberty of making them fit, the viewer can excuse this or that, and Rylance I think could do anything. I THINK Mantel said that she herself was somewhat altered by the actor's portrayals, when she watched the film, which she liked.
Revisionist history people shouted, but look at Bishop Gardiner and especially, as you say, Thomas More. I THINK, and it's been a while since this came out, but I think this More portrayal came from Mantel's research at Oxford (I thought, but it could be Cambridge) as I've seen the name of the eminent scholar who had been consulted and who was writing at the time the supposed definitive biography of More. At the time I wrote down his name, but I can't find it now or his book, I've been checking on the recent biographies. Maybe I need to check on those written right after her book came out, the first one...was it 2012? Not sure.. and not the movie.
There is going to be another movie, but her 3rd book is not yet out. What on earth will it say? And how?
I can't get over the production values, I really can't, they are spectacular.
He was saintly in a Man for All Seasons, wasn't he? Just wonderful, one cried. He's not the same man here, wait till you see the rest. Which one was he, or was he, as you say, a little of both?
Norfolk in this fascinates me. The whole thing is fascinating.
It does make you wonder whether or not revisionist history is a good thing or a bad one. Should we keep the people we have set up on pedestals and/ or in this case as villains, firmly on them, or not?
Do we need them, more than we need the truth?