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Falstaff - Chimes at Midnight (1965)
"Campanadas a medianoche" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | War  -  17 March 1967 (USA)
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The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413.

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Sir John Falstaff is the hero in this compilation of extracts from Shakespeare's 'Henry IV' and other plays, made into a connected story of Falstaff's career as young Prince Hal's drinking companion. The massive knight roisters with and without the prince, philosophizes comically, goes to war (in his own fashion), and meets his final disappointment, set in a real-looking late-medieval England. Written by Anonymous

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$800,000 (estimated)

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ESP 16,501,746 (Spain)
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Rare screening of 35mm print of "Chimes" played in November, 2013 at Anthology Film Archives theater in New York City, along with Orson Welles's 1948 version of Macbeth (1948) and other films base on Shakespeare's plays. See more »

Goofs

During Prince Hal/Henry V's speech immediately following Henry IV's death, a very obvious double for Sir John Gielgud lies slumped on the throne. (Scenes were shot out of sequence, and Gielgud was unavailable for that particular scene) See more »

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Henry IV: Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.
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References Henry V (1944) See more »

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Awesome Welles
6 March 2004 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

By far the best of Welle's three Shakespearean adaptations this is also arguably THE best Shakespeare on screen. Most filmmakers go for the tragedies - vide Welles himself - or settle for Romeo and Juliet but the History plays are seldom tackled. Here the maestro dips into several texts

  • most heavily into the two parts of Henry 1V but also Merry Wives, Henry V,


Richard 11 - and then welds them together seamlessly to give an in-depth portrait of Falstaff. With a nice touch of irony the narration is spoken by Ralph Richardson who, prior to Welles here, was the definitive Falstaff - and remains so as far as theatre is concerned. It's hard to fault so I won't try, merely revel in a touch of greatness. 10/10


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