Orson Welles Is Falstaff in Chimes at Midnight (Full Film)

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  1. One of my favorite films of all time, and imho the best Shakespeare film adaptation. Sure, it suffers from bad audio quality and the dubbing is awful at some points, and an HD transfer would be nice to have…but that battle sequence! That “I know thee not, old man” speech! The seamless blending of 5 plays! (find a script with notes showing where each line was taken from, it will surprise you how much mixing Welles did).

    It was first performed on stage 30 years before the film under the title “Five Kings” but was highly unsuccessful. The 3 decades of polish on the script are obvious and the result almost miraculous.

    Orson considered it his best work:
    “If I wanted to get into heaven on the basis of one movie, that’s the one I’d offer up…because it is, to me, the least flawed … [and] the most successful for what I tried to do. I succeeded more completely with that, in my view, than with anything else.”


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