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906 Ratings

Chimes at Midnight

Campanadas a medianoche

Directed by Orson Welles
France, Spain, 1965
Comedy, Drama, War


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, a robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero played by Welles himself.

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Chimes at Midnight Directed by Orson Welles

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1966 | 2 wins including: 20th Anniversary Prize

BAFTA Awards

1968 | Nominee: Best Foreign Actor

Welles displays here a sensibility from the thirties and forties when choices, however anguished, still seemed morally meaningful. Despite his ironic humor, Welles is not in tune with current mannerisms of cruelty and absurdity. His Falstaff is graced with dramatic grandeur of an intelligent sobriety we have almost forgotten in our search for new sensations.
March 30, 1967
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Brilliantly adapted from several of Shakespeare’s history plays, Chimes at Midnight combines elements of Welles’s characteristic “long-take,” moving camera style (most recently evident in 1958’s Touch of Evil and 1962’sThe Trial) with, in the remarkable battle sequence especially, a dynamic and complex use of montage. The result is a film that, while epic in scope, is at the same time intimate and lyrical in mood and tone.
September 01, 2016
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Chimes has pole position for home video release of the year… It’s a boisterous, earthy and deeply melancholy film.
August 30, 2016
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