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Chimes at Midnight(Campanadas a medianoche)

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Spain, Switzerland

1965

1h 55m

Director Orson Welles

Starring Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, John Gielgud, Jeanne Moreau

Genre Comedy, Drama, History

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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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85

NPR by Bob Mondello

Sprawling, and hugely ambitious, and containing a glorious Wellesian Falstaff who is as majestic in folly as he is in girth.
100

Chicago Reader by Dave Kehr

The one Welles film that deserves to be called lovely; there is also a rising tide of opinion that proclaims it his masterpiece.
100

The A.V. Club by Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

The best and most touchingly personal of all Shakespeare adaptations, Chimes At Midnight is pervaded by melancholy and loneliness, even though its characters are almost seen never alone.
100

The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

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.
100

Christian Science Monitor by Peter Rainer

It is quite likely the greatest Shakespearean film ever and, except for Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, it’s also Welles’s greatest film – which is saying something.

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