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The First Part of King Henry VI (1983)

The First Part of Henry the Sixth (original title)
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Peter Aldwyn ...
John Alford ...
Master Gunner's Boy
Sean Bartley ...
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Basset / French Sergeant
Peter Benson ...
Brian Binns ...
Gerald Blackmore ...
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Stephen Brigden ...
Anthony Brown ...
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Paul Chapman ...
Earl of Suffolk
Michael Cogan ...
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Third Messinger to the King / Countess' Porter
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2 January 1983 (UK)  »

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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Henry VI, Part One  »

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The "anti-illusionist" set was also used as a means of political commentary; as the four plays progressed, the set decayed and became more and more dilapidated as social order becomes more fractious. In the same vein, the costumes become more and more monotone as the four plays move on - The First Part of Henry the Sixt features brightly coloured costumes which clearly distinguish the various combatants from one another, but by Richard III (1983), everyone fights in similarly coloured dark costumes, with little to differentiate one army from another. See more »

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Great play, craptastic directorial concept
14 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Shakespeare is always great (even Titus Andronicus is great).

This version -- or rather, this imagining -- of Shakespeare is horrid, however. It's embarrassingly low-rent. For what should have been filmed as "the definitive productions of Shakespeare," the first tetralogy are pathetically presented in a horrid avant-garde style that may have worked on a short-run on stage, but filmed for all time just make one embarrassed that this was the best they could do.

Fie, FIE, Aunty Beeb, and fie on the director and set designer and costume designer.

It makes me weep that THIS is what they did.


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