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Campanadas a Medianoche

Alternative title
Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight
Synopsis
The story of Falstaff’s friendship with Prince Hal, and his rejection when the Prince becomes King, adapted chiefly from Shakespeare’s Henry IV Parts I and II, but also Richard II, Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor. The commentary taken from Holinshed’s Chronicles, is narrated by Ralph Richardson. Welles is Falstaff, John Gielgud is Henry IV and Keith Baxter plays Hal.
This is a fine expression of Welle’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare (The Guardian, 2019).
Language
English
Country
Switzerland; Spain
Medium
Film
Technical information
Black-and-white / Sound
Year of release
1966
Duration
115 mins; 10,350 feet

Credits

Director
Orson Welles
Producer
Emiliano Piedra
Cinematographer
Edmond Richard
Screenplay
Orson Welles
Music
Angelo Francesco Lavagnio
Art Direction
Jose Antonio de la Guerra
Contributor
Ralph Richardson
Cast
Orson WellesSir John Falstaff
Keith BaxterPrince Henry (Hal)
Norman RodwayHenry Percy (Hotspur)
Alan WebbRobert Shallow
Andrew FauldsEarl of Westmoreland
Beatrice WellesPage
Fernando ReyThomas Percy, Earl of Worcester
Jeanne MoreauDoll Tearsheet
Jeremy RowePrince John of Lancaster
Jose NietoHenry Percy, Earl of Northumberland
Marina VladyLady Percy
Michael AldridgePistol
Paddy BedfordBardolph
Tony BeckleyPoins
Walter ChiariSilence

Additional Details

Production type
Fiction Films
Plays
Henry IV Part 1; Henry IV Part 2; Henry V; Merry Wives of Windsor, The; Richard II
Subjects
Drama; Shakespeare
Keywords
film adaptations; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)
Related items
Orson Welles Story, The

Notes

Notes
The BFI Archive holds the English version (35mm preservation material only); the Spanish version ran for 119 minutes. "It is funnier in the English version than in Spanish" (Welles).

The Mr. Bongo version is also available in Blu-Ray (£9.99 + P&P)

The Criterion version is available on Blu-Ray (Region A) and DVD (NTSC region 1). Disc features are: 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.
Estimated budget $800,000
Figures
Gross ESP 16,510,746 Spain (IMDb)
Reviews
Bridget Gellert Lyons (ed.). Chimes at Midnight (New Brunswick/London: Rutgers University Press, 1988). The continuity script. The volume also contains a biography, interviews, reviews and a filmography.


Rosenthal, Daniel. 100 Shakespeare Films. (London: British Film Institute, 2007), p. 54-6). Rosenthal writes ‘Welles’ magpie approach ensures that Chimes should never be recommended to anyone seeking a comprehensive version of the Henry IV plays. One doubts that anyone will ever capture their essence with greater or more effective economy’.

Production Company

Name

Alpine

Address
SWITZERLAND
Name

Internacional Films Espanola, Madrid

Distributor

Name

Criterion Films

Email
http://www.criterion.com/order_support
Web
http://www.criterion.com/ External site opens in new window
Address
Attn: Jon Mulvaney
215 Park Avenue South, Fifth Floor
New York
NY
10003
USA
Name

Mr Bongo Films

Email
info@mrbongo.com
Web
http://www.mrbongo.com External site opens in new window
Phone
01273 600546
Fax
01273 600578
Address
2nd Floor
24 Old Steine
Brighton
BN1 1EL
Name

Retail outlets

Name

Sinister Film

Email
info@sinisterfilm.net
Address
c/o: www.amazon.it
Italy
Notes
Label distributed via the Cecchi Gori group in Italy: www.cghv.it

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