Chimes at Midnight

Chimes at Midnight

Directed by Orson Welles • 1966 • Spain, Switzerland

Sir John Falstaff is the hero in this compilation of extracts from Shakespeare's 'Henry IV' and other plays, made into a connected story of Falstaff's career as young Prince Hal's drinking companion. The massive knight roisters with and without the prince, philosophizes comically, goes to war (in his own fashion), and meets his final disappointment, set in a real-looking late-medieval England.

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Chimes at Midnight
  • Chimes at Midnight

    Directed by Orson Welles • 1966 • Spain, Switzerland

    Sir John Falstaff is the hero in this compilation of extracts from Shakespeare's 'Henry IV' and other plays, made into a connected story of Falstaff's career as young Prince Hal's drinking companion. The massive knight roisters with and with...

Extras

  • CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT Commentary

    Recorded in 2016, this commentary features film scholar James Naremore, author of “The Magic World of Orson Welles.”

  • Keith Baxter on CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT

    In this interview, shot in January 2016, CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT star Keith Baxter reminisces about playing Prince Hal on stage and screen, and about his close relationship with director Orson Welles.

  • Beatrice Welles on CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT

    Beatrice Welles was nine years old when her father, Orson Welles, made CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT. In this January 2016 interview, she recalls the atmosphere on set and her reluctance to play Falstaff’s young page.

  • Simon Callow on CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT

    Simon Callow played Falstaff to Keith Baxter’s King Henry IV in a 1998 production of Orson Welles’s stage version of CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT. He has also published three volumes of a Welles biography. In this May 2016 interview, Callow discusses Welles’s nimble adaptation of several Shakespeare plays ...

  • Joseph McBride on CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT

    In this May 2016 interview, Joseph McBride, author of “What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?,” discusses Welles’s late career and approach to adapting Shakespeare.

  • Orson Welles on CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT

    This excerpt from “The Merv Griffin Show,” broadcast September 21, 1965, features an interview with director Orson Welles while at the editing table for CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT.