Henry V (1944) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by Laurence Olivier and produced by Laurence Olivier, Dallas Bower, Herbert Smith and Filippo Del Giudice.
Academy Awards 1946 --- Ceremony Number 19 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Laurence Olivier||Nominated|
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: Paul Sheriff, Carmen Dillon||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||William Walton||Nominated|
|Best Picture||J. Arthur Rank-Two Cities Films||Nominated|
|Special Award||To Laurence Olivier for his outstanding achievement as actor, producer and director in bringing Henry V to the screen.||Won|
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Chorus: O! for a Muse of fire, that would ascend the brightest heaven of invention; a kingdom for a stage, princes to act and monarchs to behold the swelling scene. Then should the war-like Harry, like himself, assume the port of Mars; and at his heels, leashed in like hounds, would famine, word, and fire crouch for employment. But pardon, gentles all, the flat unraised spirits that hath dared on this unworthy scaffold to bring forth so great an object: can this cockpit hold the vasty fields of France? or may we cram within this wooden O
[gesturing around at the stage]
Chorus: the very casques that did affright the air at Agincourt? On your imaginary forces work: Suppose within the girdle of these walls are now confined two mighty monarchies, whose high upreared and abutting fronts the perilous narrow ocean parts asunder: Piece out our imperfections with your thoughts: Think when we talk of horses that you see them printing their proud hoofs in the receiving earth; for 'tis your thoughts that now must deck our kings, carry them here and there, jumping o'er times, turning the accomplishment of many years into an hour-glass: for the which supply, admit me Chorus to this history; who, prologue-like, your humble patience pray gently to hear, kindly to judge, our play.
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When Vivien Leigh, originally slated to play Katherine of France, was forced to give up the role, Renée Asherson replaced her because she was exactly the same size as Leigh and therefore the costumes didn't have to be altered to fit her.
As a tribute to his abilities as a director, and uncertain over his own unproved directing abilities, Laurence Olivier originally invited William Wyler, who had directed Olivier in "Wuthering Heights", to direct "Henry V". It was Wyler whom Olivier always credited with teaching him how to give a more subtle performance in films and with giving him more respect for the art of acting in film. Wyler, however, declined, saying, "If it's Shakespeare, it must be you who directs the film".
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