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Great, Obscure Welles Classic
- Gerald S. Greenberg
Brilliant mashup of Shakespeare's Henry plays and Hollinshed's Chronicles by Welles who was born to play Falstaff. Every bit as creative as Citizen Kane. John Geilgud, Margaret Rutherford, and Jeanne Moreau also excel.
take a bite
sidney poitier was the most dignified man on the silver screen. sir john gielgud was a respectable number two and believe it when i say that aint bad.the director who also is an acting talent in this story made a great movie. it will not change the view of people who do not like movies based on old english stories. still ..if anyone who does not like them wants to try and watch a movie based on one ..this is not too bad to pick.the 1960s and 1970s was a fantastic time to make film stories. the people really went..flat out.. as a famous critic might have once said.jonah hill once said a comment about the director in a story called super bad. granted it was a joke in a movie..but.. the director was able to step away from the chow line to still make greatness. meanwhile..mr.hill has not only lost some weight..he has reduced his job status as well. oh yes 2 academy award noms..well the academy is very well known for those type of problems. the story this director made was considerate and classy. it displayed the energy.. in a way that 24 year old guy who made another story.
Why is this gem on a 3:15 in the morning?
My incessant beef with TCM, which otherwise I love -- the scheduling. Why is the trite and overexposed West Side Story on in the key prime time slot of 8PM, whereas the astonishingly great Chimes at Midnight airs at 3AM? I just don't get it. Of course, I understand that cinematic greatness is in the eye of the beholder, and one man's gem is another man's bomb, but still...
an owesome experience
Citizen Kane is still my number one film but Chimes at Midnight is a close second. There's no reason to ask who did the best acting job, they were all great. As compare to today film they all should get an Oscar: for best directing (especially), screen writing, cinematography, editing, acting. Starting with Orson Welles on down to Margaret Rutherford did a splendid job. All today people in the industry need to watch this masterpiece and learn. None of them needed to uncover anything else than their faces, some art we completely forgot how to do. Can you name anybody today that could compare with that whole cast in "The Chimes at Midnight"? I'm glad I lived long enough to experience such film.Thank you for the chance to input my opinion.
ONE OF WELLES' BEST
- stuart howard
I recently read Keith Baxter's memoirs "My Sentiments Exactly" which any lover of Orson Welles and great films should read. In it Baxter, who plays Prince Hal / King Henry 5 in "Chimes At Midnight" opens up a world that none of us knew: Welles' lack of financing, the actors from various countries working and waiting to work in this first-rate movie. "Chimes At Midnight" is one of the best Shakespeare movie adaptations: brilliantly acted, directed and filmed. It deserves to be known as well as "Citizen Kane."
As good as if not better than Citizen Kane
- Larry Waldman
Orson Welles said that if he were to get into heaven based on one movie , that movie would be Chimes At Midnight also known as Falstaff. I just had the long delayed pleasure of seeing a good print of this movie on the big screen at the Sedona Film Festival. The movie is marvelous. The acting is terrific especially Welles, John Gielgud, Keith Baxter, and Margaret Rutherford. The camera work is typical Welles with all sorts of angles and spectacular visuals. Of course it includes one of the most famous battle scenes of all time which needs to viewed on the big screen. The adaptation of parts of five Shakespeare plays is seamless. Quite frankly this is the best Shakespeare adaptation I have ever seen on film. For the Shakespeare purists you do need to remember that this an Orson Welles movie not a William Shakespeare movie.
Chimes at Midnight/Falstaff
Overall-4/5Lead Performers-4/5Supporting Cast-3/5Director-5/5Screenplay- 3 1/2 out of 5Cinematography-5/5Importance-4/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-3 1/2 (it isn't exactly a traditonal Shakespeare movie)