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Henry V 1944

  • Laurence Olivier
  • June 17, 1946
  • 137 mins
  • English
  • Action, Drama, History
Based on one of the most popular historical plays by Shakespeare and made in order to boost the morale of British troops during WW2, this movie is about English King Henry V and his military campaign in France in 1415.


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Olivier was, of course, great, and he got good performances out of his cast. The way the film opens-up from the Globe through a medieval book of hours into a location-shoot action/adventure was brilliant, and the film itself is a remarkable artifact of war-time propaganda. What I didn't like was how busy the movie is: it seems to be trying to cram too much of Shakespeare's story into the production. There's plenty that doesn't advance the narrative or contribute to the entertainment that could have been left on the cutting room floor.

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