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 Shakespeare al cinema: drammi e tragedie - Il Medioevo di Kenneth Branagh

Won 1 Academy Award (Oscar): Best Costume Design - Won 3 European Film Awards: Best Actor, Best Director, Best Young Film - Won 1 BAFTA Film Award: Best Direction - Won 1 Chicago Film Critics Association Award: Best Foreign Film - Won 1 National Board of Review Award: Best Director - Won 1 Evening Standard British Film Award: Best Film - Won 1 Sant Jordi Award: Best Foreign Actor - 1 Nomination Academy Award (Oscar): Best Actor in a Leading Role - 5 Nominations BAFTA Film Awards: Best Actor, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Sound


(Henry V)

1989, regia di Kenneth Branagh


Scheda: Nazione: GB - Produzione: BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation), Renaissance Films - Distribuzione: Homevideo-Cineteca Pacioli, MGM/UA Home Entertainment Inc., Samuel Goldwyn Company, Curzon Film Distributors, Hallmark Home Entertainment, Paris Vídeo, Transmundo Home Video - Soggetto: dall'omonima opera di William Shakespeare - Sceneggiatura: Kenneth Branagh - Fotografia: Kenneth McMillan - Montaggio: Michael Bradsell - Art DirectionMartin Childs, Norman Dorme, John King - CostumiPhyllis Dalton - Musiche: Patrick Doyle - Effetti specialiPaul Clancy, Terry Glass, Darrell Guyon, David Watson, Ian Wingrove, Trevor Wood - Formato: Technicolor - Durata: 137'.

Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi (narratore), Emma Thompson, Paul Scofield, Ian Holm, Simon Shepherd, James Larkin, Brian Blessed, James Simmons, Charles Kay, Alec McCowen, Fabian Cartwright, Stephen Simms, Jay Villiers, Edward Jewesbury, Daniel Webb, Jimmy Yuill.



Trama e commenti: - - «... Per i più Enrico V è uno dei tanti monarchi inglesi (1413-1422). Un minimo di cultura superiore ed ecco spuntare il grande William Shakespeare (il suo dramma è del 1599). Fino a ieri infine la citazione cinematografica rimandava a sir Laurence Olivier (il suo Enrico V, del 1944, apriva la triade conclusa da Amleto - 1944 - e Riccardo III - 1955), ma da oggi sarà d'obbligo fare riferimento anche all'irlandese Kenneth Branagh (Belfast 1960): enfant prodige del teatro britannico, fondatore della "Theatre Renaissance Company", già biografo di se stesso (Beginners, 1988), e ora sceneggiatore, regista ed interprete di questa nuova versione dell'opera shakespeariana...».

Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - - - - «Based on the classic play by William Shakespeare, this rousing and highly acclaimed adaptation from star and directorial debutee Kenneth Branagh features bloody battle scenes and powerful performances from a stellar cast of British acting. Branagh's film replaces the patriotic zeal of Laurence Olivier's 1944 version of Henry V with a more sombre manner reflecting the brutality and futility of war, Branagh believing that Henry V was a play in need of rescue from the jingoism of its World War Two associations. Branagh’s direction is flawless and surpasses many of his predecessors despite the limited budget in making the Bard truly accessible. Once the Chorus (Derek Jacobi) has introduced the play, we greet former playboy prince Henry (Kenneth Branagh), who decides to change his image now that he has ascended the English throne and lay claim to France so as to establish his authority militarily. King Charles (Paul Scofield) rebuts Henry’s claim and so the men of England unite to march on France for the possession of Normandy. Henry, having successfully dealt with an assassination attempt, rouses his followers as they prepare to meet the French army before the Battle of Agincourt with the inspirational St. Crispin's Day speech; "We few, we happy few, we band of brothers." Outnumbered by an army five times greater than their own, Henry himself is involved in hand-to-hand combat rather than surveying the battlefield from afar. After the battle, Henry rides across the fields of the dead, carrying on his shoulders the body of a dead youth. The film’s ending is something of an anti-climax as Henry turns from matters of state to those of the heart, and so his long-drawn-out courtship of French Princess Katherine (Emma Thompson) ensues».

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