What do we all think of Olivier? I'm very torn on this issue myself, having loved his Hamlet and having absolutely despised his Henry V. There is no doubt in my mind that he is (or was) a fantastic actor (Hamlet and Shylock, especially), but I'm not sure what to make of his directing, bold and revolutionary as it was.
"Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments will hum about mine ears; and sometimes voices, that, if I then had wak'd after long sleep, will make me sleep again; and then, in dreaming, the clouds methought would open and show riches ready to drop upon me, that, when I wak'd, I cried to dream again"
I don't think I've seen enough of his stuff to have a strong opinion either way. In general, I greatly respect his acting abilities and was incredibly impressed with most of his Hamlet. The castle imagery perfectly symbolized Hamlet's labyrinthian mind. I agree with shaxper about his H5. Man, I couldn't even get through that one. My finger was permanently hovering over the fast forward.
I wish I had seen some of his stage productions. I heard he played Orlando in As You Like It. I'd be incredibly interested if anyone knows anything about that, as well as anything about his other stage productions.