Chimes at Midnight (1965)



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In this memorable adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2, the friendship between the rogue Falstaff and the wild Prince Hal is fated to end when the young man gives up his dissolute life and assumes the throne England after the death of his father, King Henry IV.
Comedy , Drama
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Orson Welles
as Falstaff
Keith Baxter
as Prince Hal
Jeanne Moreau
as Doll Tearsheet
John Gielgud
as Henry IV
Margaret Rutherford
as Mistress Quickly
Norman Rodway
as Henry 'Hotspur' Percy
Marina Vlady
as Kate Percy
Alan Webb
as Justice Shallow
Fernando Rey
as Worcester
Walter Chiari
as Mr. Silence
Beatrice Welles
as Falstaff's Page
Andrew Faulds
as Westmoreland
José Nieto
as Northumberland
Jeremy Rowe
as Prince John
Patrick Bedford
as Bardolph
Ralph Richardson
as Narrator, '''The Narrator'''
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Critic Reviews for Chimes at Midnight

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (15)

Welles' vision and imagination is unmatched in film. His use of light in a forbidding, dark castle is a wonder.

Full Review… | January 28, 2016
Arizona Republic
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Thanks to an astonishingly crisp restoration, Orson Welles' 1965 Shakespearean masterpiece can now be appreciated by anyone who thought his best days behind the camera ended with Touch of Evil.

Full Review… | January 15, 2016
Entertainment Weekly
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Quite likely the greatest Shakespearean film ever.

Full Review… | January 8, 2016
Christian Science Monitor
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See it on the big screen if you can; for all of its flaws it's a glory.

Full Review… | January 7, 2016
Wall Street Journal
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The best and most touchingly personal of all Shakespeare adaptations, Chimes At Midnight is pervaded by melancholy and loneliness, even though its characters are almost seen never alone.

Full Review… | December 30, 2015
AV Club
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Sprawling, and hugely ambitious, and containing a glorious Wellesian Falstaff who's as majestic in folly as he is in girth.

Full Review… | December 29, 2015
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Audience Reviews for Chimes at Midnight

Perhaps I was not in the mood to take in one of Shakespeare's lesser regarded works but I completely did not enjoy this Welles' masterpiece.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

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.

Mike T.
Mike T.

Super Reviewer

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.

Stephen M
Stephen M

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