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Chimes at Midnight (Criterion Collection)
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Chimes at Midnight (Criterion Collection)

The crowning achievement of Orson Welles's extraordinary film 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, one that he intended, he said, as a lament... for the death of Merrie England." Poetic, philosophical, and visceral-with a kinetic centerpiece battle sequence that rivals anything else in the director's body of work-Chimes at Midnight is as monumental as the figure at it's heart. AKA: "Falstaff." 116 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; audio commentary; featurettes; vintage interview; theatrical trailer.


  • New digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • 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 seven
  • 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
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Run Time: 116 minutes

Director: Orson Welles

Title: Chimes at Midnight (Criterion Collection)
Genre: Drama
Starring: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau
Director: Orson Welles
Studio: Criterion Collection
Release Date: 8/30/2016
Original Year: 1966
Product Type: Blu-ray
UPC: 715515184311
Item #: 1721675X

Street Date: 8/30/2016

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