Chimes at Midnight

Chimes at Midnight Among the films inspired by Orson Welles s lifelong involvement with Shakespeare the greatest is Chimes at Midnight It is a masterly conflation of the Shakespearean history plays that feature Fa

  • Title: Chimes at Midnight
  • Author: Orson Welles
  • ISBN: 9780813513393
  • Page: 424
  • Format: Paperback
  • Among the films inspired by Orson Welles s lifelong involvement with Shakespeare, the greatest is Chimes at Midnight 1966 It is a masterly conflation of the Shakespearean history plays that feature Falstaff, the great comic figure played by Welles himself in the film For Welles, the character was also potentially tragic the doomed friendship between Falstaff and PrincAmong the films inspired by Orson Welles s lifelong involvement with Shakespeare, the greatest is Chimes at Midnight 1966 It is a masterly conflation of the Shakespearean history plays that feature Falstaff, the great comic figure played by Welles himself in the film For Welles, the character was also potentially tragic the doomed friendship between Falstaff and Prince Hal becomes an image of the end of an age To this epic subject Welles brings the innovative film techniques that made him famous in Citizen Kane, The Lady from Shanghai, and Touch of Evil.This volume offers a complete continuity script of Chimes at Midnight, including its famous battle sequence Each shot is described in detail and is keyed to the original Shakesperian sources, thus making the volume an invaluable guide to Welles as an adaptor and creator of texts The first complete transcription of the continuity script of Chimes is accompanied by the editor s critical introduction on Welles s transformation of Shakespeare a special interview with Keith Baxter, one of the film s principal actors, which discusses its production history reviews and articles and a biographical sketch of Welles, a filmography, and a bibliography.

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    1. I am not the fan of this film that many of my colleagues are due to Welles's excesses and ego, so a four star film, but this is a five star book. Not only does it print the screenplay, but a number of essays about the film as well. You begin by viewing the film, read this cover to cover next, then finish by watching the film again. It will seem much richer after reading this book.

    2. A 5 star book from a 4 star film. This screenplay from Orson Welles's FALSTAFF (US title CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT) is packed with extras: a useful introduction, interviews, eight reviews and three essays, two by Michael Anderegg and C. L. Barber. Add these to the opportunity to really study the screenplay, and you have a book that is richer than the very good, but flawed film. Superb.

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