New Trailer for US Re-Release of Orson Welles' 'Chimes at Midnight'

December 30, 2015
Source: Apple

Chimes at Midnight

"I speak to thee, my heart!" Just in time to ring in the chimes at Midnight as New Years 2016 rolls in. Janus Films has debuted another slightly different trailer for Orson Welles' 1965 classic Chimes at Midnight, also known as Falstaff Chimes of Midnight. Earlier in 2015, we featured the trailer for the 50th anniversary re-release in the UK, and now we have a US version. Chimes of Midnight is really Welles adaptation of his play Five Kings which was an attempt to combine Shakespeare's works Henry IV, V, VI and Richard III into a single play, reportedly "Welles' favorite of his films." The result is a work that is heralded as a masterpiece, featuring performances by Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, John Gielgud and Jeanne Moreau. Chime in below.

Here's the new trailer for the restored re-release of Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight, from Apple:

Chimes at Midnight

The crowning achievement of Orson Welles’s later film career, Chimes at Midnight returns to the screen after being unavailable for decades. This brilliantly crafted Shakespeare adaptation was the culmination of Welles’s lifelong obsession with the Bard's ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff, the loyal, often soused childhood friend to King Henry IV's wayward son Prince Hal. Appearing in several plays as a comic supporting figure, Falstaff is here the main event: a robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero played by Welles with towering, lumbering grace. Integrating elements from both Henry IV plays as well as Richard II, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Welles created an unorthodox Shakespeare film that is also a gritty period piece, which he called "a lament … for the death of Merrie England." Poetic, philosophical, and visceral—with a kinetic centerpiece battle sequence as impressive as anything Welles ever directed—Chimes at Midnight is as monumental as the figure at its center. Janus Films will re-release Chimes at Midnight in select theaters starting January 1st, 2016 to ring in the New Year. Don't miss out.

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  • Snev De la Fontaine
    This was a truly beautiful piece of cinema.
  • Bo
    Very well done, Alex. I very much enjoyed reading the whole piece as you related your thoughts on this film and Welles. Thanks. He was indeed a great talent and made some great films and performed some great characters. For me, I still find Tough of Evil my favorite of all his films. Loved the direction and loved his performance as the big, bad sherriff. Great, great movie!
  • bumboclot
    A Shakespeare remix by Welles. Fallstaff was a miserable drunken boaster who talked rubbish endlessly... in today's world he would be a social media giant and presidential contender.
    Woah. This is too good. Not for the faint hearted.
  • Bruno
    Such an talent unappreciated in his time. Definitely want to see this and possibly as a Criterion release later on




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