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John Falstaff has broken my heart

I have watched Henry lV on Youtube. (The Hollow Crown.)

You guys have it on TV. You are so lucky-- We have stupid auction shows.
It took me two days to take it all in-- now I can read it to roll around in the words, (the way a dog does, feet in the air, foolish expression.)

John Falstaff has ripped up my heart. "I know thee not old man." I cried.

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esmerelda_t
Jul. 20th, 2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
It really needs to be watched on TV properly, the production values in the whole series have just been excellent, cam you play region 2 dvds? If you can I'm sure us Brit girls could send you the dvds on release here.

eglantine_br
Jul. 20th, 2012 11:26 pm (UTC)
I think I am only region 1. But I was able to make it big on my computer, and see all the costumes and scenery.

I was totally wrapped up, forgot everything else. And I am going to watch it again, I am sure. I just loved it. And of course, realized how little I knew of their politics, while feeling that their humanity was so real. Lots of reading ahead. Maybe you can recommend?
esmerelda_t
Jul. 20th, 2012 11:35 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid that's era's not really my area, in fact I didn't even really understand the War of the Roses until I read Helen Castor's She Wolves! There's a series of books published by Yale however on every English Monarch, the ones I've looked at seem to be very well researched and that would be a good starting point if you're wanting info on the real life versions!
anteros_lmc
Jul. 21st, 2012 12:24 am (UTC)
We have heard the chimes at midnight...
I'm just back from my boat trip and have just finished watching it this second. It's devastating stuff. I have only read the plays before, this is the first time I have seen them and I'm speechless.

More coherent comment tomorrow hopefully. Missed you guys :}
eglantine_br
Jul. 21st, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
Re: We have heard the chimes at midnight...
My new fave Shakespeare. I have it on Kindle (collected works, so I am set.)

Did you see the prince doing the keg-stand? I thought that was a modern thing...

Glad you are home. Bet you are tired. Have a very good sleep.
eglantine_br
Jul. 21st, 2012 12:50 am (UTC)
Re: We have heard the chimes at midnight...
Two other thoughts. Isn't Falstaff kind of a play on his supposed impotence?

And did JB not play the prince once, on stage or somewhere? Bet he was stunning-- but now the Hollow Crown guy will be face for me always. And that is more than ok.
charliecochrane
Jul. 21st, 2012 12:36 pm (UTC)
Re: We have heard the chimes at midnight...
He did. I wish I'd seen him.

The plays have been truly amazing - I loved the Armstrongs playing Percy father and son!
anteros_lmc
Jul. 22nd, 2012 12:12 am (UTC)
Re: We have heard the chimes at midnight...
I'd have sold my grandmother to see that performance too! And here he is...



JB also makes a fleeting appearance as Hotspur in the BBC Radio version of Richard II which also features Sam West as Richard and Damian Lewis as Bolingbroke.

We've just finished watching Henry V which is as stunning as you would expect, though partner and I giggled at the impossibly pretty Mr Hiddleston bemoaning the "poor untempered effect of his visage" "born for civil war" to the lucky Kate XD
mylodon
Jul. 22nd, 2012 01:23 pm (UTC)
Re: We have heard the chimes at midnight...
New background! Lovely pic - thanks for posting.

I wonder if Shakespeare knew that Henry had been badly injured in the face in action (arrow went up through his nose). That's why his portraits only show the left side.
anteros_lmc
Jul. 22nd, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
Re: We have heard the chimes at midnight...
Isn't it a gorgeous picture? And here's the other one...



If only this production had been filmed.... *sigh*
eglantine_br
Jul. 22nd, 2012 02:22 pm (UTC)
Re: We have heard the chimes at midnight...
JB is handsome as always, but he seems to be looking at the sword as if he had never seen one before. Maybe he is playing that he is a little concussed. And he is distractingly shiny!
anteros_lmc
Jul. 22nd, 2012 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: We have heard the chimes at midnight...
And he looks very young and downright worried in the one above! Bless him.
eglantine_br
Jul. 21st, 2012 12:44 pm (UTC)
Re: We have heard the chimes at midnight...
I realized I was not clear there-- I meant, you know, he's old--
fall-- staff.

If he were alive today he would be buying that stuff for the couples in the bathtubs.

Maybe i am overthinking it. I know there were theories about his name.
anteros_lmc
Jul. 22nd, 2012 12:17 am (UTC)
Re: We have heard the chimes at midnight...
No, no, you're spot on. He more or less admits it himself in the scene with Doll Tearsheet.
eglantine_br
Jul. 22nd, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
Re: We have heard the chimes at midnight...
Do you guys have the commercials where the couple with impotence problems take the medicine and then inexplicably sit in two bathtubs?

They always use handsome silver haired model men. (And unrealistically young model women,) but I was picturing Falstaff!
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