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William Shakespeare’s Henry V

Alternative title
Henry V
Synopsis
Independent film directed by Peter Babakitis which offers parallels with Western colonialism and the invasion of Iraq.
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2008
Duration
157 mins

Credits

Director
Peter Babakitis
Producer
Peter Babakitis
Cinematographer
Christine Cannavo; Rick Santangelo
Writer
William Shakespeare
Music
Peter Babakitis
Cast
Peter BabakitisKing Henry V
SabaaChorus
Brian NavalleArchbishop of Canterbury
Gwyneth HorobinKatherine
Duncan MadduxDauphin
Alexander BabakitisBoy (Falstaff’s page)
Erin-Kate WhitcombAlice
Gibson TownsKing Charles VI of France
Howard DillonMontjoy
Paul SpitaleDuke of Exeter
Phil SheridanPistol

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Historical period
Medieval
Plays
Henry V
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Produced 2004. Estimated budget: $750,000.
General
The DVD cover contains the line ‘Warrior, Champion, Terrorist, King’.
Stills
" We only know of life in the Middle Ages from accounts, paintings and the few things they left behind, explains Mr. Babakitis, I decided to base the visual style of Henry V on the paintings of the 15th Century: Van der Weyden, Bosch, Van Eyck, Fouquet. I felt that these characters in Shakespeare’s play are somehow trapped within their history, and I think that Shakespeare felt this way about them. The new digital technology allows me to compose my scenes as the medieval painters did, using objects as graphic elements, altering space and time and implying a kind of ever present supernatural element".
Reviews
Hatchuel, Sarah. ‘Into a thousand parts divide one man’: Dehumanised Metafiction and Fragmented Documentary in Peter Babakitis’ Henry V.' in Mark Thornton Burnett & Ramona Wray Screening Shakespeare in the Twenty First Century. (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2006), pp. 146-62.

Online Availability

Online URL
http://www.henrythefifth.com

Production Company

Name

Image Garden Productions

Online Retailer

Name

amazon.com

Web
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