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The AP English course watches Henry V

The Stanford Online High School AP English Language course is watching Henry V on Netflix at their houses and is participating online through the classroom interface Centra.  Pretty cool.

If you want to follow along, we are about 15 minutes in.  We’re watching the Kenneth Branaugh 1989 version.

Don’t hold your manhood cheap.  Dig into Shakespeare.

36 Responses

  1. Whoo-hoo! We’re off to Agincourt. Yeah, baby!

  2. When Henry first shows up, he’s sillouetted against the backdrop and looks like Darth Vader. Then he looks like Gilderoy Lockhart.

  3. Dame Judy. She’s in all the good movies.

  4. Falstaff gets a bit too familiar with the king.

  5. You give them a crown and they start having royal temper tantrums.

    Ouch! Slap him hard, centurion.

  6. You know what would make this a better experience? If there was a rolling chat at the bottom of the screen where the subtitles usually appear. Then there would have to be a way of starting a skypish session through an apple TV or roku or maybe Netflix and then everyone could just log into that and chat.

  7. It’s funny how it starts to sound like normal English after about 20 minutes.

  8. Win Harfleur, lose to dysentery

  9. Elizabethan English is still spoken in a degenerate form in the Appalachians. EE was the high point of our language, methinks. Oh, and nothing beats Hamlet.

    • I saw a modernized version of Hamlet at Princeton about 5 years ago. Hamlet did a full monty. No idea why that was necessary but such are the ways we can take full measure of a man.

  10. Did you ever wonder why so many English kings died of dysentery? It seems a little too conveeeeenient.

  11. “A little touch of Harry in the night”
    What was Shakespeare really trying to say?

  12. BATES
    Ay, or more than we should seek after; for we know
    enough, if we know we are the kings subjects: if
    his cause be wrong, our obedience to the king wipes
    the crime of it out of us.
    WILLIAMS
    But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath
    a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and
    arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join
    together at the latter day and cry all ‘We died at
    such a place;’ some swearing, some crying for a
    surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind
    them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their
    children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die
    well that die in a battle; for how can they
    charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their
    argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it
    will be a black matter for the king that led them to
    it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of
    subjection.

  13. It’s Saint Crispin’s day! And I haven’t finished my shopping.

  14. Cheap manhoods.
    I like it.

  15. Montjoy, love his hat. Even in battle, the French are chic.

  16. The English saved by low technology.

  17. Kiss me Kate
    Um, here comes your father, act natural

  18. I LOVE this — I just wish I could have actually watched it with you! xxoo

  19. Is Emma in this version? The best thing about Kenneth is his ex wife Emma. She is my one and only ever girl crush.
    I went to a HS where we had an amazing theater department, but we never did Shakespeare. All high schools should do Shakespeare and Moliere at the very least and also Gilbert and Sullivan. Everything else is gravy.

  20. I’ve missed this Henry V viewing, but saw it in 1989 and thought it wonderfully cast.

    Question: I have been reading about the real battle. In this 1989 movie did they show the archers in battle, the English longbowmen?

    • yep. and if you like to read about the battle of Agincourt, there’s a book called “Agincourt” by Bernard Cornwell.
      It’s historical fiction. Very light on the character development but it’s very detailed and historically accurate. I recommend the audio book.

      • I just downloaded the sample chapter for my nook. I’m not buying anything else for myself until after Christmas — and by then I’ll be desperate! This one sounds good to me.

  21. OT….NEWT is such an ASS…..He said the Palestinians are an invented people. No newt you dolt, Americans are an invented people. Palestinians have been there since before the time of Christ. Their villages are ancient. The Zionists knew this and that is why they moved them all out in 1948 and replaced them with Jewish settlers.

    Oh Wow, look what is going on in Russia…Hillary Clinton has amazing super powers. She can gather thousands of Russians to revolution with just a single statement.

  22. Ok, alert Canon. I’ve been blogging on for a while about SOS Clinton’s superpowers and now we have a pants suit in lieu of cape. Can a graphic novel be far behind? O what a cast of cartoonable villains we could have!

    • Hillary Manga

      • OMG, I just got an image of Hillary in a Japanese schoolgirl pantsuit with long, blue ponytails on either side of her head, huge round doe eyes and a teeny tiny mouth saying, “To me, you are not invisible.”

        • I saw a green outfit, SuperHillary with fists clenched, red pumps scalding bright, flying up Wall Street terrorizing suits.

  23. I meant Joe @Cannonfire.

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