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1275HENRY VHENRY V1946color137 min16mm (Directed by Sir Laurence Olivier; with Laurence Olivier, Robert Newton, Leslie Banks, Renee Asherson, Leo Genn, Esmond Knight, Max Adrian and Robert Helpmann) The versatile Olivier displays his talent for direction in this stirring version of Shakespeare's historical drama. There is the fascinating opening sequence in which the camera in an aerial shot slowly carries the viewer into 16th-century London to the Globe Theatre where the play is being performed as in Shakespeare's day. In one dazzling moment the mannered 16th-century stagework is transformed into a modern colour film and we are hurtled into the intrigue and adventure of King Hal as he fights for his kingdom in France.