Henry V (1944) -- film adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry the Fifth

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Adapted from William Shakespeare’s Henry V. Directed by Laurence Olivier. Starring Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks, Renée Asherson, Esmond Knight, Felix Aylmer, and Leo Genn. Music by William Walton. Colour. 137 minutes.

Originally proposed by the films division of the Ministry of Information, Laurence Olivier’s production of Shakespeare’s Henry V opened in British cinemas shortly after the D-Day landings of June 1944. Financed by Rank Studios, it had cost £475,000 – twice as much as the most expensive film so far made in Britain.

Filming started in 1943, when Britain and its allies were beginning to see the war turn in their favour. The Ministry’s …

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Citation: Fraser, Duncan. "Henry V (1944) -- film adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry the Fifth". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 18 May 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19432, accessed 24 September 2023.]

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