Excommunication scene from Becket

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An evening pause: On the eve of this year’s election day, this scene from Becket (1964) expresses well what I wish the American voters would do to both the Democratic Party and the Republican leadership in Congress. They all need to go, for the health of the country and because of their repeated malfeasance in office.

Hat tip to Phil Berardelli, author of the new edition of Phil’s Favorite 500: Loves of a Moviegoing Lifetime.


  • Willi Kusche

    Do you know the story behind the disappearance of John’s show?

  • Phil Berardelli

    Thanks, Bob. I’ve always been struck by the emotional power of that scene, particularly its symbolic and emotional finality.

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