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Henry V (1979)

The Life of Henry the Fift (original title)
In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

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Robert Ashby ...
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In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

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Part of the long running BBC Television Shakespeare project which ran between 1978 and 1985. See more »

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Version of Henry V (1953) See more »

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Quite a good rendering of an uneven play.
16 October 2011 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

I want to reply to one of the claims made by the 2010 reviewer (who puerilely refers to Shakespeare as "Will"). This reviewer states that the play is presented "with minimal, if any cuts." If the reviewer takes the time to read the play instead of making uninformed pronouncements about it, he or she will discover that numerous cuts have been made in the BBC's production. To be sure, most of the abridgments are pretty well judged, and there are considerably fewer abridgments than in the Olivier and Branagh versions. Nonetheless, the claim that the BBC's production presents the text uncut or nearly uncut is flatly incorrect.

As for the production itself, it's quite a good rendering of an uneven play. I agree that David Gwillim is too "weepy" and "whispery", but he performs several of his scenes well (for example, the scene with the tennis balls -- until he starts to throw them -- the scene of the exposure of the traitors, and the scene in which he woos Katherine). Other members of the cast are generally proficient.


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