Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V" Comparison Essay by The Research Group

Kenneth Branagh's "Henry V"
This paper compares Shakespeare's original play and Kenneth Branagh's 1989 filmic version "Henry V": Theme, characters and action.
# 18620 | 1,125 words | 1 source | 1991 | US
Published on Feb 12, 2003 in Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.) , Shakespeare (Henry IV, V)

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" William Shakespeare's Henry V and Kenneth Branagh's movie version from 1989 are certainly similar works, because they derive from the same text, yet by looking at the basic play and the movie's mise en scene it is possible to see that Branagh has used the Bard's words to serve his own images in bringing out a contemporary message.

Branagh's film version is not the celebratory work that Laurence Olivier's 1944 British motion picture was: Olivier directed and starred in this movie as the English and the Allies were close to victory against the Germans. Branagh is true to his generation and their anti-war sentiments that were created during the Vietnam War of the 1960s. Therefore, the recent movie version shows the real price of war--the violence and bloodshed.

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