Chimes at Midnight Reviews

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January 9, 2016
Chimes at Midnight is a testament to an artistic survivalist and a statement to the world then and now. Great art and artists will always find a way.
January 4, 2016
Shakespeare's Falstaff, the drunken, ne'er-do-well cohort of a future king, as played by Orson Welles, in one the director's finest later works.
December 30, 2015
Like its central figure, and like the director and his oeuvre, the film has its flaws but they are to be overlooked in consideration of the whole package and the heart: were it otherwise, none should 'scape whipping.
December 30, 2015
In Chimes at Midnight, Orson Welles is at the height of his powers while reveling in the poetic force of Falstaff's weakness.
July 28, 2015
"Chimes at Midnight" is one of Welles' peak achievements. Its depth of feeling seems very real, very deep indeed.
July 6, 2015
Thrillingly alive in a way that so few screen versions of Shakespeare manage to be.
May 1, 2015
Hal's eventual betrayal of Falstaff ("I know thee not old man") is the most poignant moment in all of Welles' movies.
April 30, 2015
Playing Falstaff might have been Welles's creative and physical destiny: in the character he found a dignity and sensuality in his, by then, overweight form. The confidence and panache of his staging is a treat.
April 29, 2015
Welles's most human film, his most poignant, funny and empathetic.
January 13, 2015
Of all the movies Welles made, it may offer the most clues to his imposing pachyderm soul.
December 30, 2014
Welles fearlessly inverts the Shakespearean emphasis on Henry's rise to power, instead encouraging us to look at the world from the perspective of those he left behind in his climb to the top.
August 30, 2012
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.
January 23, 2012
Top-notch Shakespeare and top-notch filmmaking, a rare combination that, when it works, is like nothing else in the whole world.
May 7, 2010
Despite its many faults, it deserves to be seen.
April 29, 2009
Perhaps the only one of Welles' films that can really give Citizen Kane a run for its money as the filmmaker's finest work.
June 18, 2008
A personal viewpoint, it mixes the grotesque, bawdy, comic and heroic, and does have a melancholy under its carousing and battles.
April 6, 2007
Here is a film to treasure.
August 29, 2006
Orson Welles' brooding, sometimes brilliant art-house film dwells on the tragic side of one of Shakespeare's most famous comic characters.
February 9, 2006
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.
November 4, 2005
It's a delightfully playful rip at history and the traditional way of filming Shakespeare.
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