Chimes At Midnight: The Criterion Collection

Criterion   (1966) / Region A
Chimes At Midnight: The Criterion Collection

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Chimes At Midnight: The Criterion Collection

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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Aug 01 2016
  • Production Year 1966
  • Empire SKU 1862853
  • UPC Code 715515184311
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1


- Audi 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 Welle's Daughter Beatrice Welles, Who Appeared In The Film At Age Nine
- 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
-Plus: An Essay By Film Scholar Michael Anderegg


    • Video
      Widescreen 1.66:1 B&W

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