Campanadas a medianoche (Chimes at Midnight) (Falstaff) (1966)
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The legendary Shakespearean character Sir John Falstaff, the notoriously drunken, obese, and yet charming companion of the young Henry V, steps up from supporting character in several plays to the central focus of Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight, considered by many critics the best of the director's acclaimed Shakespeare films. The script borrows scenes from several plays, but draws most heavily on the two parts of Henry IV, focusing on the shifting relationship between Falstaff and Prince Hal.
Dec 22, 1965 Wide
Sir John (Jack) Falstaf...
Henry IV of England
Henry Percy "Hotspur"
It takes large latent talent to tell the audience that you know that what you're doing isn't worth doing and still do it better than anyone else in the movie.
A personal viewpoint, it mixes the grotesque, bawdy, comic and heroic, and does have a melancholy under its carousing and battles.
Welles waddles through the foreground with an eye on his own problems of patronage, while behind the camera he conjures a dark masterpiece, shot through with slapstick and sorrow.
Top-notch Shakespeare and top-notch filmmaking, a rare combination that, when it works, is like nothing else in the whole world.
Perhaps the only one of Welles' films that can really give Citizen Kane a run for its money as the filmmaker's finest work.
Orson Welles' brooding, sometimes brilliant art-house film dwells on the tragic side of one of Shakespeare's most famous comic characters.
It's a delightfully playful rip at history and the traditional way of filming Shakespeare.
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