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Chimes at Midnight (1965)

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

Director:

Orson Welles

Writers:

William Shakespeare (plays), Raphael Holinshed (book) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Orson Welles ... Falstaff
Jeanne Moreau ... Doll Tearsheet
Margaret Rutherford ... Mistress Quickly
John Gielgud ... Henry IV
Marina Vlady ... Kate Percy
Walter Chiari ... Mr. Silence
Michael Aldridge ... Pistol
Julio Peña ... Vassall
Tony Beckley ... Ned Poins
Andrés Mejuto
Keith Pyott
Jeremy Rowe Jeremy Rowe ... Prince John
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Shallow
Fernando Rey ... Worcester
Keith Baxter ... Prince Hal
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Storyline

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.

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

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | History | War

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Switzerland | Spain

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chimes at Midnight See more »

Filming Locations:

Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,630, 3 January 2016

Gross USA:

$126,724

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$126,724
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

[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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A Culmination
9 October 2004 | by returningSee all my reviews

It's interesting that this film was based off of a script written by Welles before he got involved in film. And it suggests that we can trace this film's development through his earlier masterpieces. But it's not a simple conglomeration of specific filming techniques and the like, but a development of his genius. It makes sense to use a pseudo-shakespearean tale as the foundation, but this isn't about the acting. Here we have the depth of "Kane," the intrigue of "Shanghai," the elucidating factor of "Othello," the exertion of "Arkadin," the sweeping motion of Touch of Evil," and the oppression of "Trial." Needless to say, every effort to should be made to track down this film, and the masterpiece by which all other masterpieces will be judged.

5 out of 5 - Essential


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