Monday, January 28, 2008

Compare and contrast: St. Crispin's Day

Thanks to the miracle that is Youtube, we can compare, cheek by jowl, the two most famous versions of the "St. Crispin's Day" speech from Henry V. First is Sir Laurence Olivier, in medieval wig and high, slightly femme, King's-English dudgeon, rousing the troops before bright tents and a blue sky. Next comes Ken Branagh, exhorting his men beneath a butch haircut, gray skies and a lot of mud. Discuss among yourselves.

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