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Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight Movie Review Summary

Actors: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, John Gielgud, Marina Vlady, Keith Baxter, Norman Rodway, Michael Aldridge, Tony Beckley, Fernando Re

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This little-known masterpiece by Orson Welles tells the parallel stories of Falstaff and Prince Hal by adapting and cobbling together bits of Shakespeare's "Richard II," "Henry IV (pts 1 and 2)," "Henry V," and "The Merry Wives of Windsor." The seeds of King Henry IV's rise to power bear the fruit of young Hotspur's rebellion. Meanwhile, Prince Hal has been growing up and hanging out with Falstaff, a thief, rogue, womanizer, drunk, and wastrel. No one expects him to be a good king after having spent so much time under such a bad influence, but when battle comes, and later, when the king dies, he proves him self to be a strong, just, and powerful ruler, and appropriately distances himself from his former friend. Great performances abound, led by Welles, who perfectly communicates the humor and pathos of the corpulent knight.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   distant past Polit/Social/Race/Gender activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   left-wing-but-not-quite-communist activism! Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   conduct in war    -   (General) search for meaning/identity Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   main character serviced by a prostitute Ethnic/Regional/Gender story?    -   Yes Ethnic/region/relig    -   British Brain/Body not working?    -   physical disability Battle with shrink/bum?    -   wisdom from a homeless man or bum

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   thief/con artist Age:    -   60's-90's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Forest?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   castle    -   bar

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Is this movie based on a    -   play

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