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Chimes at Midnight

Orson Welles

 
Chimes at Midnight (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Spain
  • 1966
  • 116 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #830

The crowning achievement of Orson Welles’s extraordinary cinematic career, Chimes at Midnight was the culmination of the filmmaker’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare’s ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff. Usually a comic supporting figure, Falstaff—the loyal, often soused friend of King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal—here becomes the focus: a robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero played by Welles with looming, lumbering grace. Integrating elements from both Henry IV plays as well as Richard II, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Welles created a gritty and unorthodox Shakespeare film as a lament, he said, “for the death of Merrie England.” Poetic, philosophical, and visceral—with a kinetic centerpiece battle sequence that rivals anything in the director’s body of work—Chimes at Midnight is as monumental as the figure at its heart.

Cast

John FalstaffOrson Welles
Prince HalKeith Baxter
Doll TearsheetJeanne Moreau
Mistress QuicklyMargaret Rutherford
King Henry IVJohn Gielgud
Sir Henry “Hotspur” PercyNorman Rodway
Lady Kate PercyMarina Vlady
Justice SilenceWalter Chiari
PistolMichael Aldridge
PoinsTony Beckley
Justice ShallowAlan Webb
Earl of NorthumberlandJosé Nieto
Earl of WorcesterFernando Rey
The young pageBeatrice Welles
NarratorRalph Richardson

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholar James Naremore, author of The Magic World of Orson Welles
  • New interview with actor Keith Baxter
  • New interview with director Orson Welles’s daughter Beatrice Welles, who appeared in the film at age nine
  • New interview with actor and Welles biographer Simon Callow
  • New interview with film historian Joseph McBride, author of What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?
  • Interview with Welles while at work editing the film, from a 1965 episode of The Merv Griffin Show
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Michael Anderegg

    New cover by Sterling Hundley

Film Essays

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Chimes at Midnight: Falstaff Roars

By Michael Anderegg September 01, 2016

Balancing epic scale with lyrical intimacy, Orson Welles inflects the spirit of Shakespeare’s history plays with his own zest for cinematic invention. Read more »

Video

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On the Channel: Remembering Jeanne Moreau

August 03, 2017

In honor of one of the great leading ladies of French cinema, who passed away earlier this week, the Criterion Channel features ten of her most memorable performances. Read more »


Interviews

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Matías Piñeiro on Reimagining the Rhythms of Shakespeare

By Hillary Weston October 12, 2016

Over the last five years, Argentine filmmaker Matías Piñeiro has established his own idiosyncratic approach to bringing Shakespeare’s comedies and their complex female characters into the . . . Read more »


Dispatches

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The Fog of Welles: A Trip to Chinchón

By Valeria Rotella September 12, 2016

Chinchón is not Paris. It’s not Ibiza. It’s not even Grenoble. It’s a sleepy, provincial Spanish town an hour’s bus ride out of Madrid, and not where you would expect to find the great Orson . . . Read more »


Clippings

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Did You See This?

September 02, 2016

In response to the BBC’s recently published, male-dominated poll of the hundred greatest movies of the twenty-first century, Fusion has shared a list of the best contemporary films directed by . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Chimes at Midnight: Falstaff Roars

By Michael Anderegg September 01, 2016

Balancing epic scale with lyrical intimacy, Orson Welles inflects the spirit of Shakespeare’s history plays with his own zest for cinematic invention. Read more »


Flashbacks

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Flashback: Jeanne Moreau

By Peter Cowie August 24, 2016

Few actors have worked in cinema across eight decades. Jeanne Moreau began her career as an ingenue in 1949, and for my generation she was the icon of the French New Wave. Jean-Pierre Léaud may . . . Read more »


Interviews

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Kitchen Conversations: Keith Baxter

August 02, 2016

Back in January, veteran actor Keith Baxter stopped by the Criterion offices for lunch and regaled us with memories of his experience working with Orson Welles. Read more »


On Five

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Matthew Sheldon

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