Archives for Henry V

Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Chimes at Midnight (1965) Directed by Orson Welles Starring Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, John Gielgud, Jeanne Moreau and Margaret Rutherford reviewed by John Murphy Has there ever been a more felicitous pairing of part and performer than Falstaff and Orson Welles? With his rotund body and orotund voice, Welles knew he was born to play “this huge hill of flesh,” “Sir John” Falstaff, Shakespeare’s iconic sack-swilling scamp and scallywag. After decades of neglect and shoddy prints, we are blessed to have a new Criterion Collection release of Welles’s masterpiece, Chimes at Midnight, restored to its full lavish glory by Janus
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Branagh’s Henry V, 1989

by Debra Murphy I had the privilege of seeing Kenneth Branagh’s Henry V, when it was first released in 1989, at the gorgeous old Oriental Cinema film palace in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. That afternoon matinee has gone down in my memory as one of my primo movie and Shakespeare experiences. In fact it was a sort of revelation; so much so, that I think I can safely say that, had there been no Branagh’s Henry V, there would be no Bardolatry website today. Is there anyone who can doubt that much of the recent resurgence in interest in Shakespeare on film is
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restoring Olivier’s Henry V

Welcome news for Shakespeare-on-film fans: According to the Telegraph.co.uk, “Sir Laurence Olivier’s stirring adaptation of Henry V, credited with lifting morale during the Second World War and considered a masterpiece of British cinema, is returning to the screen in full, Technicolor glory…” The film has been re-released nationwide in England, but we’ve heard no news yet as to whether it will be released in the US, or when a new DVD will be available. Read the rest of the article.
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