Campanadas a medianoche (Chimes at Midnight) (Falstaff)
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Campanadas a medianoche (Chimes at Midnight) (Falstaff)
The legendary Shakespearean character Sir John Falstaff, the notoriously drunken, obese, and yet charming companion of the young Henry V, steps up from supporting character in several plays to the central focus of Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight, considered by many critics the best of the director's acclaimed Shakespeare films. The script borrows scenes from several plays, but draws most heavily on the two parts of Henry IV, focusing on the shifting relationship between Falstaff and Prince Hal. Beginning as the prince's companion in debauchery and idleness, the corpulent jokester… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It takes large latent talent to tell the audience that you know that what you're doing isn't worth doing and still do it better than anyone else in the movie."
‑ Pauline Kael, The New Republic
"Welles waddles through the foreground with an eye on his own problems of patronage, while behind the camera he conjures a dark masterpiece, shot through with slapstick and sorrow."
‑ , Time Out
"Top-notch Shakespeare and top-notch filmmaking, a rare combination that, when it works, is like nothing else in the whole world."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Orson Welles' brooding, sometimes brilliant art-house film dwells on the tragic side of one of Shakespeare's most famous comic characters."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Mythically beautiful."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A personal viewpoint, it mixes the grotesque, bawdy, comic and heroic, and does have a melancholy under its carousing and battles."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Evidently Mr. Welles's reading of Falstaff ranges between a farcical concept of him and a mawkish, sentimental attitude."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Despite its many faults, it deserves to be seen."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"It's a delightfully playful rip at history and the traditional way of filming Shakespeare."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A tour-de-force of Wellesian immensity."
‑ Dan Jardine, All Movie Guide
"Here is a film to treasure."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The one Welles film that deserves to be called lovely."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Perhaps the only one of Welles' films that can really give Citizen Kane a run for its money as the filmmaker's finest work."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A brooding masterpiece."
‑ , Film4