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Nominated BAFTA TV Awards: Best Costume Design

Henry IV

1995, regia di John Caird


Scheda: Nazione: GB - Produzione: BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) - Distribuzione: BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) - Soggetto: dall'Enrico IV di William Shakespeare - Sceneggiatura: Michael Hastings - Montaggio: Phil Southby - Art Direction: Jane Shepherd - Costumi: Joan Wadge - Musiche: Ilona Sekacz - Formato: Color, film tv - Durata: 175'.

Cast: Ronald Pickup, Jonathan Firth, Rufus Sewell, John Calder, Jane Horrocks, Paul Eddington, Daniel Betts, Jonathan Cullen, John Woodvine, Tim McMullan, Peter Jeffrey, Roger Allam, Joseph O'Conor, Josette Simon, Corin Redgrave, Paul Webster, Ashley Artus, Geoffrey Hutchings, Elizabeth Spriggs, Simon McBurney, Graham Aggrey, Peter-Hugo Daly, Danny Worters, James Grout, Teddy Kempner, Graham Hubbard, Clive Kneller, Toby Jones, John Dallimore, Paul Hamilton, Fabio Campo, Charlie Carnochan, Tom Curly.


Plot Summary, Synopsis, Review: IMDb - - - The life and death of King Henry IV, and the coming of age of his son Prince Hal. Made on an unusually large budget of 1 million, John Caird's adaptation of Henry IV was the BBC's biggest Shakespeare project since the close of the BBC Television Shakespeare (1978-85) a decade earlier, and was considerably more adventurous than any of those productions. Huge cuts were made to the original text (Caird said that he'd removed almost everybody named after an English county), much of the remainder was reshuffled, and additional material was interpolated from Richard II, Henry V, Henry VI Part III and The Merry Wives of Windsor. If it's not as radical a reinvention as the same year's big-screen Richard III (d. Richard Loncraine) - the medieval-cum-Elizabethan setting at least remains true to the original - it certainly rivals it for gripping immediacy and overall clarity. Key scenes were generally retained, but often shortened to dramatic essentials and repositioned. Falstaff's encounter with Doll Tearsheet (Part II) is followed by Hotspur's leave-taking of Lady Percy (Part I), the King's upbraiding of Hal (Part I) is intercut with the Lord Chief Justice's interrogation of Falstaff (Part II), and so on, and all the battle scenes are telescoped into a single encounter at Shrewsbury near the climax. All of which is entirely forgivable given that Shakespeare's original was hardly a model of historical accuracy....


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