Chimes at Midnight Reviews

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January 28, 2016
Welles' vision and imagination is unmatched in film. His use of light in a forbidding, dark castle is a wonder.
January 15, 2016
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.
January 8, 2016
Quite likely the greatest Shakespearean film ever.
January 7, 2016
See it on the big screen if you can; for all of its flaws it's a glory.
December 31, 2015
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.
Top Critic
December 29, 2015
Sprawling, and hugely ambitious, and containing a glorious Wellesian Falstaff who's as majestic in folly as he is in girth.
June 4, 2019
One can feel Welles' energy and passion, but there is a sense of regret that hangs over Chimes at Midnight that is impossible to ignore, as if Falstaff has become a metaphor for Welles himself.
March 2, 2019
The story, conceived in these terms, is "too easy." Fortunately, the film has several other stories to tell, mainly through its images.
January 17, 2019
The film is wonderful and exasperating, the work of a genius, the reflections of an egotist, delicious utterances of great language and muddied speeches in other instances.
September 19, 2018
one of Welles's greatest late-stage accomplishments-a very nearly magnificent amalgam of plot points, characters, and dialogue from not just one or two of the Bard's history plays, but five of them
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