Chimes at Midnight

Chimes at Midnight

DVD - 2016
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The career of Shakespeare's Sir John Falstaff as roistering companion to young Prince Hal, circa 1400-1413.
Publisher: New York : Criterion Collection, 2016.
ISBN: 9781681431918
Branch Call Number: DVD FIC Chime
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (116 min.) : digital, sound, black and white ; 12 cm + 1 folded sheet (12 cm)
Language Note: Closed captioned for the hearing impaired.


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Sep 08, 2016

Orson Welles cobbles together a story out of five Shakespeare plays and portrays the center of attention, Falstaff. Must admit I lost interest in the story more than once and the low-budget techniques did not help e.g. the king's crown looks like it came from Burger King. However, I love what Orson Welles does with camera angles, characters, sound and light - all of which are masterfully on display here. The mid-flick battle scene is engrossing, dynamic and could hold its own against "Game of Thrones" or "Vikings." All in all, I'd say this is a good film for a dedicated classic movie or Shakespeare fan, and perhaps worth a pass otherwise.

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