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Campanadas a medianoche (Chimes at Midnight) (Falstaff)

Campanadas a medianoche (Chimes at Midnight) (Falstaff) (1965)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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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.


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All Critics (14) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (1) | DVD (1)

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.

August 30, 2012 Full Review Source: The New Republic
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A personal viewpoint, it mixes the grotesque, bawdy, comic and heroic, and does have a melancholy under its carousing and battles.

June 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Here is a film to treasure.

April 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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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.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Evidently Mr. Welles's reading of Falstaff ranges between a farcical concept of him and a mawkish, sentimental attitude.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (3)
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The one Welles film that deserves to be called lovely.

October 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Top-notch Shakespeare and top-notch filmmaking, a rare combination that, when it works, is like nothing else in the whole world.

January 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
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Despite its many faults, it deserves to be seen.

May 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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Perhaps the only one of Welles' films that can really give Citizen Kane a run for its money as the filmmaker's finest work.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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Orson Welles' brooding, sometimes brilliant art-house film dwells on the tragic side of one of Shakespeare's most famous comic characters.

August 29, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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It's a delightfully playful rip at history and the traditional way of filming Shakespeare.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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A brooding masterpiece.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4

Mythically beautiful.

October 8, 2001 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
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A tour-de-force of Wellesian immensity.

September 26, 2001 Full Review Source: All Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Campanadas a medianoche (Chimes at Midnight) (Falstaff)

Considering that just about everything Orson Welles directed after "Citizen Kane" was compromised by studio interference and/or budgetary constraints, it's remarkable that he made as many brilliant movies as he did. "Chimes at Midnight" is one of his very best. Magnificent yet flawed, so well does this film mirror both its creator and the character he plays in it, lovable rogue Sir John Falstaff, that its very flaws almost become virtues. Though it is directed, photographed and edited with extraordinary skill, "Chimes at Midnight" contains some of the worst dialogue synching I have ever come across. A restoration of the film has long been rumoured, but such is the quantity of slapdash dubbing, short of creating a brand new soundtrack, no amount of judicious tweaking is ever likely to completely reunite Shakespeare's words with the lips that are uttering them. In spite of this, in spite of the difficult language and the dizzying editing style, which exhilarated but ultimately exhausted me, "Chimes at Midnight" is a wonderful movie.
June 8, 2008

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magnificent. the finest shakespeare adaptation i've seen with one of the finest battle scenes ever filmed! absolutely breathtaking. it's criminal that this doesn't have a criterion and armageddon does
May 28, 2008
Stella Dallas

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Complaints about low-quality dubbing seem unfair in the face of such stunning images and inspired direction. Orson Welles' vision is strange, powerful and inspiring. He always finds surprising ways to shoot and cut his films, and just looking at them is thrilling enough for me. The performances are uniformly strong as well.
January 29, 2011

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Visually stupendous exercise from Orson Welles that should be at the front line of Great Movies next to his other masterpieces. I'm not a huge Shakespeare fan, and I found this laugh out loud hilarious at some times and emotionally resonate at others. 100/100

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