TV Movie | Not Rated | | Drama, Comedy
Cymbeline (Richard Johnson), the King of Britain, is angry that his daughter Imogen (Dame Helen Mirren) has chosen a poor (but worthy) man for her husband. So he banishes Posthumus (Michael... See full summary »
During this movie, the battle between the Romans and the Britons is never shown on-screen. All that is seen is a single burning building, intended to indicate the general strife. We never see the defeat of Iachimo (Robert Lindsay), Posthumus (Michael Pennington) sparing him, or Iachimo's reaction. Director Elijah Moshinsky did not want to expunge the political context of the play, but he was not especially interested in the military theme, and so removed most of it, with an aim to focus instead on the personal.