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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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Basset / French Sergeant
Peter Benson ...
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Antony Brown ...
Duke of Burgundy (as Anthony Brown)
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Paul Chapman ...
Earl of Suffolk
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Third Messinger to the King / Countess' Porter
Arthur Cox ...
Mayor of London / Sir John Fastolfe
David Daker ...
Reigner, Duke of Anjou / Vernon
Brian Deacon ...
Earl of Somerset
Tenniel Evans ...
Duke of Bedford / Mortimer, Earl of March / French General
Derek Farr ...
Earl of Salisbury / Sir William Lucy
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Margaret, Daughter of Reignier
Derek Fuke ...
Talbot's Captain / Gloucester's Servant
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The Complete Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare: Henry VI, Part One  »

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An element of verfremdungseffekt in this production is seen when Gloucester and Winchester encounter one another at the Tower; both are on horseback, but the horses they ride are hobbyhorses, which David Burke and Frank Middlemass cause to pivot and prance as they speak. The ridiculousness of this situation works to "effectively undercut their characters' dignity and status." See more »

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Version of The Life and Death of King Richard II (1960) 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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