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Mondavi to screen Branaugh’s ‘Henry V’ on Monday

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From page A11 | April 24, 2014 |

The Mondavi Center’s Focus on Film series concludes on Monday, April 28, at 7 p.m. with a screening of actor/director Kenneth Branaugh’s 1989 film version of Shakespeare’s “Henry V.” The screening will be preceded by a talk at 6:30 p.m. by associate professor Elizabeth Constable of the women and gender studies department at UC Davis.

Unlike the 1944 film adaptation by Laurence Olivier — a Technicolor extravaganza that focused on bravery and glory, with Henry V winning battles with almost effortless ease — the 1989 Branaugh version features the gritty reality of grim hand-to-hand combat with swords and lances on muddy battlefields, as the young monarch struggles mightily (and makes big sacrifices) to consolidate his claim on France.

The Olivier version was made as a morale-booster for English-speaking audiences during World War II, and the Branaugh version reflects more of a post-Vietnam awareness of the high human cost of combat.

Tickets are $10 general, $5 for UC Davis students, available at www.mondaviarts.org, 530-754-2787 or at the box office.

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