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Chimes at Midnight (1965)

Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight) (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, History | 17 March 1967 (USA)
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The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413.

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Sir John Falstaff is the hero in this compilation of extracts from Shakespeare's 'Henry IV' and other plays, made into a connected story of Falstaff's career as young Prince Hal's drinking companion. The massive knight roisters with and without the prince, philosophizes comically, goes to war (in his own fashion), and meets his final disappointment, set in a real-looking late-medieval England. Written by Anonymous

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A Distinguished Company Breathes Life Into Shakespeare's Lusty Age of FALSTAFF

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Comedy | Drama | History | War

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Chimes at Midnight  »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,480, 3 January 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$123,398, 20 March 2016
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1.66 : 1
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Orson Welles' favorite of his films. See more »

Goofs

In the shot immediately following the goof where the corpse of Hotspur momentarily opens and closes his mouth, a dummy has clearly replaced the actor playing Hotspur. This particular take was filmed when he wasn't available. See more »

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[first lines]
Shallow: Jesus, the days that we have seen! Do you remember since we lay all night in the windmill in St. George's field?
Falstaff: No more of that, Master Shallow.
Shallow: It was a merry night!
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Referenced in Day for Night (1973) See more »

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Orson Welles' Masterpiece
10 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

'Chimes at Midnight' has become one of my favorite movies. It is one of those rare gems that I can watch over and over again, never getting bored.

First of all, Welles' interpretation of Shakespeare is just brilliant. Using material from different plays, he manages to turn the story of Falstaff into something entirely new. He cleverly puts the main storyline of the original plays on its head, commenting on the relation between friendship and power. This view on the development of Harry, Prince of Wales, is a strong antithesis to his usual portrayal.

Welles' directing is very much to the point. Every single scene seems necessary and emphasizes the film's statement. Using few but all the more powerful symbols, he lets many of the images speak for themselves.

Last but not least, the cast is really extraordinary. John Gielgud's acting is in best Shakespearean tradition, Keith Baxter is very convincing as the milk-faced heir with a mischievous streak, and Welles plays ... just Welles, which in my opinion works very well in this context.

Although it might be very hard to find a copy of this masterpiece, you should most definitely try to, as it is really worth the effort.


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