Celebrating Shakespeare series
Shakespeare is celebrated in film adaptations that attracted the greatest contemporary composers of the day.
Laurence Olivier was mustered out of the navy to film this adaptation of Shakespeare’s historic Henry V. Embroiled in World War II, Britons took courage from this tale of a king who surmounts overwhelming odds and emerges victorious.
This sumptuous Technicolor rendering features a thrilling re-creation of the battle of Agincourt. Walton’s music is both epic in battle and intimate in the moments of passion. Olivier’s Henry V is inevitably bound to its Second World War context.
Peter Hinds, Associate Professor of English at Plymouth University will give a short pre-screening introduction to each film in this series. The introductory talk looks at the film’s ‘Merrie England’ nostalgia and the patriotic portrayal of a King and military leader.
Cast: Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks, George Cole
Music by William Walton
Date/time: Monday 25 April 2016, 19:00
Running time: 134 mins + introductory talk
Venue: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building
Ticket information: £6.60, concessions £4.50, Friends of Peninsula Arts Free. Ticket discounts available via Artory App.