Catholic Family Movie Recommendations: “Henry V”

We receive requests from parents for recommendations for books, movies and music for children, which reinforce our mission in promote classical Catholic education and culture.  Our family has an incredible amount of resources to share, and I’ll be doing this one by one through posts on the website under the category “Recommendations”.  I am not interested in writing reviews for films or books because if it’s not good–who cares?  I hope you find these helpful.

The next video I’d like to recommend has been a favorite of my children for 20 years.  It is Kenneth Branaugh’s production of Shakespeare’s play, “Henry V”.   This play narrates the history of the prodigal turned heroic Catholic king of England, Henry V.  It focuses, specifically, on his acts in England’s war against France, which England won in the famous battle of Agincourt (1415 AD).

Some fun notes about this film:

  1. The actor who plays Thomas More in “A Man for All Seasons” plays the king of France.
  2. The actor who plays Bilbo Baggins in “The Lord of the Rings” plays one of Henry’s soldiers.

It’s a beautifully made film that presents Catholicism in an honorable way.  Most highly recommended.

God bless,
William C. Michael, Headmaster
Classical Liberal Arts Academy

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