There was a marvellous film about a man who returns from the Civil War (USA)
to his aristocratic wife and then with her, rejuvenates the failing fortunes
of the estate, including the ordinary working people. Poignant footage
displays their struggle to save the harvest etc.
He is then exposed as an impostor and not her husband at all. A court case
ensues and for some reson I can't remember, he is executed.
The story is clearly an analogue of the Sacrificial God who is chosen by the
Goddess to revive her and the Land (in the film the wife knows he is not her
returned husband but chooses to let him stay as if he were). His death is
clearly marked as the sacrifice of a blameless male for the good of the
Sorry I can't remember the name. I'm sure someone else will.
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