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One of Shakespeare's most compelling histories, complete with the
great Battle Of Agincourt.
Laurence Olivier's Henry V is a
patriotic saga awash with pageantry, battles, romance and political
chicanery. Intended to rally Britain during the darkest days of World
War II, the film shows how the star of England sought to stake an
ancestral, royal claim on the soil of France.
A romanticised film of a
nation at war, the director leaves no doubt that the British victory
over the French at Agincourt (1415) was Medieval England's and the
King's finest military triumph. The film is rendered complete by
William Walton's magnificent
score, which pushes all the appropriate patriotic buttons.
To many people's eyes, this is a purer Shakespearean version, than
Kenneth Branagh's Henry
V from 1989.
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