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Henry V (Criterion Collection) (1944)

Cast: Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Renée Ashershon, more...
Director: Laurence Olivier
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Studio: Criterion
Genre: Classics, Foreign, Shakespeare, UK, Criterion Collection
Running Time: 137 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Laurence Olivier's adaptation of Henry V is one of the finest Shakespeare films ever made, full of rousing action, beautiful colors and passionate performances. Henry V is the story of the newly crowned king of England who fights the French for possession of Normandy. Olivier's direction is inventive, beginning the film as if it were a performance at the Globe Theatre, and having it slowly expand so the final battle scenes take place in realistic settings. Released in 1944 during the height of World War II, Henry V didn't receive an American release until 1946, upon which Olivier won a special Academy Award for "his outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director in bringing Henry V to the screen." ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Movie Guide

Features:

  • Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder
  • Theatrical trailer
  • "Shakespearean Royalty": A chronology of England's rulers
  • Stills galleries: the "Book of Hours" and production photos



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BFI's Top 100 British Films of the 20th Century
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In 1999 the BFI surveyed 1000 people from the world of UK film and television to produce this list. A few of the selected films were wholly or partly produced by non-UK companies, but but were perceived by voters as having significant British involvement
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Shakespeare on DVD at GreenCine, annotated
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It's hard to search for Shakespeare plays, so this list as of 12/07 may help. Alphabetized by main word in title; renamed adaptations such as Throne of Blood are mentioned but not listed. To see GC's own list, click any 'Shakespeare'-as-genre link.
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