Archive for May 23rd, 2009


by Allan Fish

(Spain/USA 1966 119m) DVD2 (Spain only)

Banish plump Orson and banish all the world

p  Emiliano Piedra, Angel Escolano  d/w  Orson Welles  plays  William Shakespeare  ph  Edmond Richard  ed  Fritz Mueller  m  Angelo Francesco Lavagnino  art  Gustavo Quintano, José Antonio de la Guerra, Mario Erdorza

Orson Welles (Sir John Falstaff), Keith Baxter (Prince Hal), John Gielgud (Henry IV), Jeanne Moreau (Doll Tearsheet), Margaret Rutherford (Mistress Quickly), Norman Rodway (Henry Percy), Alan Webb (Justice Shallow), Marina Vlady (Kate Percy), Fernando Rey (Worcester), Tony Beckley (Poins), Ralph Richardson (narrator),

Chimes at Midnight is a film whose very title and spirit evokes its own response.  Though on the surface it is an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV plays (and also included lines from three others) it is so much more than that.  Chimes at Midnight is an elegy to times past, to the Bard, and to Welles himself.  If Welles were a composer, it would be entitled Requiem for Myself.  In Kurosawa parlance, it’s his Ran, and every bit its equal. (more…)

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