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Chimes at Midnight (1965) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Orson Welles and produced by Harry Saltzman, Emiliano Piedra and Alessandro Tasca.

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Chimes at Midnight (1965)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 30, 2017 From 4 Star Films

“There live not three good men unhanged in England. And one of them is fat and grows old.” It seems Orson Welles never did anything on a cursory level. There’s always a gravitas — the unique personality of the man displayed in his work whether it is behind the camera or in fr... Read full article


Seattle International Film Festival 2016: Orson Welles in Falstaff/ Chimes at Midnight (1965)

By KC on May 25, 2016 From Classic Movies

It's almost comforting to watch Orson Welles play the title character in Falstaff/ Chimes at Midnight (1965), because he seems so happily at home. The director called it his favorite film, a sentiment that wasn't shared by critics upon its release, but which has changed in the years since. In a new ... Read full article


Chimes at Midnight (1965)

By Judy on Nov 21, 2010 From Movie Classics

After watching a great production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part I at the Globe Theatre in London this autumn (sadly I didn’t make it to?Part II), I was keen to see Orson Welles’ take on Falstaff, Chimes at Midnight. This film is less well-known than Welles’ other Shakespeare... Read full article


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Henry 'Hotspur' Percy: O Harry, thou hast robbed me of my youth!


Falstaff: We have heard the chimes at midnight, Master Shallow.


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In August 2004 restoration work began on the film by the same team that restored Welles's Othello.
According to Jeanne Moreau, Orson Welles delayed filming for two weeks due to stage fright.
Chimes at Midnight was based on the play Five Kings. It was written by Orson Welles and condensed William Shakespeare's Henry IV, V, VI, and Richard III into one show. He produced the show in New York in 1939 but the opening night, where part 1 was acted, was a disaster and part 2 was never put on. He revamped the show and revisited it in 1960. But again, it was not successful. However, this later production was used as the base for the movie.
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