Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown.

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And Orson Welles' “Chimes at Midnight” (1966) is based upon Sir John Falstaff, a fictional character who appears in both the Henry IV plays as well as Henry V. The theme of the film is betrayal and the story is an amalgamation of Henry IV and V, Richard II as well as The Merry Wives of Windsor. Welles considered this his best and his favourite film.

One of the most interesting interpretations is “Theatre of Blood” (1973), a horror comedy by Douglas Hickox. It stars Vincent Price as an actor who considers himself as the finest Shakespearean actor ever. But when he is not awarded the critic's choice for best actor he decides to revenge his humiliation by killing the reviewers who gave him low ratings and bases each of the murders on a Shakespearean death scene. For instance he executes a critic using electric hair curlers while narrating a scene from Henry VI – Part 1, where Joan of Arc is condemned to be burnt.

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