Orson Welles – Falstaff / Chimes at Midnight / Campanadas a medianoche (1965)
Rip from the remastered and restored 2005 Studio Canal DVD9 (now indisponible)
DVDrip | English | Subtitles (optional): EN, FR, ES, PT, PT-BR | AVI | H264 | 1:51:31
720x432 | ratio: 1.66:1 | PAL 25fps | Audio: MP3 160kbps | 1.54 GB | RS
Genre: Art House | Classics
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. Welles held this film in high regard and considered it along with The Trial his best work. As he remarked in 1982: "If I wanted to get into heaven on the basis of one movie, that's the one I'd offer up." Many critics, including Peter Bogdanovich and Jonathan Rosenbaum, also consider it Welles's finest work.Note on the Studio Canal edition:
Probably due to an endless legal war over the rights of the film, Falstaff (Chimes at Midnight) has been rarely seen and exists today as bootleg or as poor quality DVD transfers. However, the film obviously underwent a complete restoration prior to 2005 and was released in France in a pristine DVD by Studio Canal. Sadly, this edition was quickly taken off the market soon after its release.