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by Allan Fish

(UK 2012 520m) DVD2

Let this acceptance take

p  Rupert Ryle Hodges, Gareth Neame, Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris  d  Rupert Goold, Richard Eyre, Thea Sharrock  plays  William Shakespeare  ph  Danny Cohen, Ben Smithard, Michael McDonough  ed  Trevor Waite, Lesley Walker, John Wilson  m  Adam Cork, Stephen Warbeck, Adrian Johnston  art  Andrew McAlpine, Donal Woods, Max Berman  cos  Odile Dicks-Mireaux, Annie Symons

Tom Hiddleston (Hal/Henry V), Jeremy Irons (Henry IV), Simon Russell Beale (Sir John Falstaff), Ben Whishaw (Richard II), Rory Kinnear (Bolingbroke), Clemence Poésy (Queen Isabella), John Hurt (Chorus), David Morrissey (Northumberland), Alun Armstrong (older Northumberland), David Suchet (York), James Purefoy (Mowbray), Patrick Stewart (John of Gaunt), Lindsay Duncan (Duchess of York), Julie Walters (Mistress Quickly), Tom Georgeson (Bardolph), Joe Armstrong (Hotspur), Michelle Dockery (Kate Percy), Maxine Peake (Doll Tearsheet), David Dawson (Poins), Harry Lloyd (Mortimer), David Hayman (Worcester), Iain Glen (Warwick), David Bradley (gardener), David Bamber (Justice Shallow), Lambert Wilson (Charles VI), Melanie Thierry (Princess Katherine), Geoffrey Palmer (Lord Chief Justice), Paul Ritter (Pistol), Anton Lesser (Exeter), Owen Teale (Fluellen), Geraldine Chaplin (Alice),

2012 was always going to be a patriotic year for the British; Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, London Olympics and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The BBC prepared for this landmark and, though the summer of 2012, we had a host of programming, from a typically gripping documentary from Simon Schama to behind the scene documentaries with actors Derek Jacobi, Jeremy Irons and David Tennant.  Yet all paled beside the adaptations of four successive Shakespeare history plays, from Richard II through Henry IV Parts I & II to Henry V.  What we were given was, despite limitations of budget, a series to at least bear comparison to the legendary An Age of Kings(more…)

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by Allan Fish

A week already, doesn’t time fly when you’re rained in.

Best Picture Bicycle Thieves, Italy (9 votes)

Best Director John Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (6 votes, by 1 from Michael Powell)

Best Short The Cat That Hated People, US, Tex Avery (5 votes)

Best Actor Humphrey Bogart, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (12 votes)

Best Actress Joan Fontaine, Letter from an Unknown Woman (9 votes)

Best Supp Actor Walter Huston, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (19 votes)

Best Supp Actress Jean Simmons, Hamlet (12 votes)

Best Cinematography Jack Cardiff, The Red Shoes (13 votes)

Best Score Brian Easdale, The Red Shoes (10 votes)

and my own choices…

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