Watch: Orson Welles' 'Falstaff Chimes of Midnight' Re-Release Trailer
by Alex Billington
May 4, 2015
"That villainous abominable misleader of youth!" It's him, Orson Welles! Ha! Mr. Bongo has debuted a fun new trailer for Orson Welles classic Falstaff Chimes of Midnight, or just Chimes of Midnight, the legendary filmmaker/actor's ambitious take on Shakespeare's Henry IV. Well, 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. "One of the most radical and groundbreaking of all Shakespeare adaptations, Chimes at Midnight was Orson Welles’ favourite of his films" and is now getting a restored re-release (in cinemas in the UK) for its 50th anniversary. Fire up the old footage in the new trailer below.
Here's the new re-release trailer for Orson Welles' Falstaff Chimes of Midnight, found via The Playlist:
Orson Welles' Falstaff Chimes of Midnight was first released in 1965, though it didn't hit US cinemas until 1967. On the brink of Civil War, King Henry IV (John Gielgud) attempts to consolidate his reign while fretting with unease over his son's seeming neglect of his royal duties. Hal (Keith Baxter), the young Prince, openly consorts with Sir John Falstaff (Orson Welles) and his company. Hal's friendship with the knight substitutes for his estrangement from his father. Both Falstaff and the King are old and tired; both rely on Hal for comfort in their final years, while the young Prince, the future Henry V, nurtures his own ambitions. Mr. Bongo will re-release Falstaff Chimes of Midnight in UK cinemas May 2015, before they put it out on DVD/Blu-Ray in June. For more info, visit the official website for the re-release. Any big fans of this one?
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I came again to value old movies ... Like this ...
shiboleth on May 4, 2015
The best film adaptation of Shakespeare ever, in large part because it can't be held up to an individual play and criticized for its "choices." But it's 99% Shakespeare (with a few lines of narration from Holinshed, read by Ralph Richardson), a 100% Welles, and contains his finest moment as an actor. I treasure my copy, a DVD manufactured in Brazil with Pourtgegese subtitles, purchased on Amazon. Glad to see it's finally getting its due.
shashibiya on May 4, 2015
Woah!!!~ This is kind of acting is almost gone for good. Very cool.
DAVIDPD on May 4, 2015
WELLES could act anyone off the screen --when he was good. A great FINAL act. Unlike our current 'veteran' directors. Unlike our current, STALLED and CLUELESS ----------------------------------------70s show franchise slum. BLLLUH
IT-- II --IT on May 13, 2015
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