Refer to the opening, to the end of the first chorus. What concept of England and the English do you think Olivier was seeking to convey?
By comparison, what ideas do you think Branagh was seeking to convey in this part of his film?
The Laurence Olivier version of Henry V was very heavily war-focused. The film had the opening title 'To the commando and airborne troops of Great Britain'. At the time they didn't know that the war would be won by the allies, which emphasised the focus for the audiences of 1944 to be proud of their country and prepare to go to war against France. The opening of the Laurence Olivier version began with strong martial music making it sound very glorious and triumphant. There was a model of Windsor castle in the city of London with calm music in the major key, the model was made so it looked believable unlike a fantasy. The weather was very sunny and fine reflecting how the audience should feel where there is pathetic fallacy.