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(aka 'Campanadas a medianoche', Chimes at Midnight' or 'Falstaff)
Spain 1965

"Also known as 'Falstaff'. Orson Welles's version of the Falstaff story, assembled from Shakespearean bits and pieces, is the one Welles film that deserves to be called lovely; there is also a rising tide of opinion that proclaims it his masterpiece (1966, 115 min.). Restrained and even serene (down to its memorably muddy battle scene), it shows Welles working largely without his technical flourishes--and for those who have never seen beyond his surface flash, it is ample proof of how sensitive and subtle an artist he is. With Keith Baxter, John Gielgud, Margaret Rutherford, and Jeanne Moreau."

Capsule by Dave Kehr
From the Chicago Reader HERE


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Associated Reading (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

This is Orson Welles
by Orson Welles, Peter Bogdanovich, Jonathan Rosenbaum
Orson Welles on Shakespeare: The W.P.A. and Mercury Theatre Playscripts
by Orson Welles, Simon Callow, Richard France
Orson Welles: Interviews (Conversations with Filmmakers (Paperbacks))
by Orson Welles, Mark W. Estrin
The Trial
by Franz Kafka
Orson Welles : The Stories of His Life
by Peter Conrad
Rosebud : The Story of Orson Welles
by David Thomson
Encyclopedia of Orson Welles (Great Filmmakers)
by Chuck Berg, Tom Erskine, John C. Tibbetts, James M. Welsh, Thomas L. Erskine
Chimes at Midnight: Orson Welles, Director (Rutgers Films in Print)
by Bridget Gellert Lyons

REVIEW: Suevia Films  Region 0 PAL DVD

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Distribution Suevia Films Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:51:00  minutes
Video 1.60:1.00 original aspect ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.97 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
Bitrate: Alliance

Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)   
Subtitles English, Spanish, None

Intemacional Films Espanola

DVD Encoding: Region 2 - PAL ( actually Region 0 )

Theatrical Release Date: December 22nd, 1965
DVD Release Date: October 10, 2000
Run Time: 1:51:00
DVD Production Company: Suevia Films

  • Aspect Ratio Regional Information Disc Details 
    1.60 : 1 

    Edition Details:

  • Interactive Menus

  • Filmographies

  • Suevia Catalogue of 11 DVDs ( trailers )

  • Film Credits

  • Scene Access - 16 Chapters

  • 5 Interviews (see comments below) - NO Eng subs!

DVD Release Date:  October 10, 2000
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Ahh... what can you say - Another great film with lackluster print transfer to DVD. Picture quality falls somewhere between mediocre to bad, often hazy, sound is up and down. Robert Harris has assured me that there is a fine print available (not in need of restoration) but it obviously wasn't used in making this DVD. Extras are pretty good though with filmographies (Welles and Gielgud), and interviews with Jesus Franco (second unit director - 3:55), Juan Cobos (assistant to Welles - 3:17), Tony Fuentes (both assistant directors - 6:22), Edmon Richard (director of photography - 5:02), and Emma Penella (assistant to the producer - 3:13). No English Subs!. 7 stills from the set, including the Spanish poster for the film (see above) and a letter from Welles regarding production. 2 static pages for the cast and crew. Sad, but certainly this is not on the horizon for any other DVD production company soon.

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