That would be "Sommersby." The name of the sacrificial man was Jack
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From: "Shan Jayran (Ovular)" <[log in to unmask]>
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Subject: Re: films
> There was a marvellous film about a man who returns from the Civil War
> to his aristocratic wife and then with her, rejuvenates the failing
> 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
> Goddess to revive her and the Land (in the film the wife knows he is not
> 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.
> Shan Jayran
> Associate Lecturer, University College Chichester
> Ovular - online education
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