Orson Welles's Chimes At Midnight

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Orson Welles's Chimes At Midnight says
“If I wanted to get into heaven on the basis of one movie, that’s the one I would offer up. I think it’s because it is, to me, the least flawed . . . I succeeded more completely, in my view, with that than with anything else.”

—ORSON WELLES on Chimes at Midnight

“He has directed a sequence, the Battle of Shrewsbury, which is unlike anything he has ever done, indeed unlike any battle ever done on the screen before. It ranks with the best of Griffith, John Ford, Eisenstein, Kurosawa—that is, with the best ever done.”

—PAULINE KAEL

“Chimes at Midnight . . . may be the greatest Shakespearean film ever made, bar none.”

—VINCENT CANBY, THE NEW YORK TIMES

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Henry IV (John Gielgud) usurps the English throne, sets in motion the factious War of the Roses and now faces a rebellion led by Northumberland scion Hotspur (Norman Rodway). Henry’s heir, Prince Hal (Keith Baxter), is a ne’er-do-well carouser who drinks and causes mischief with his low-class friends, especially his rotund father figure, John Falstaff (Orson Welles). To redeem his title, Hal may have to choose between allegiance to his real father and loyalty to his friend.
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