His third “finished” Shakespeare adaptation, CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT, sees Welles dulling his edges a bit in offering up a highly poetic vision of Falstaff, a recurring character in the Bard’s works. Falstaff, the rotund sidekick of the devious Prince Hal (Keith Baxter), plays audience proxy as the Prince ascends to the throne following the defeat of Henry IV’s (John Gielgud) enemies. “The one Welles film that deserves to be called lovely. Restrained and even serene, it is ample proof of how sensitive and subtle an artist he is.”—Dave Kehr, The Chicago Reader.
New digital restoration courtesy of Janus Films.
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