Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight

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Orson Welles’ Chimes at Midnight

We have heard the chimes at midnight…

– Shakespeare, Henry IV

For as long as I remember, Orson Welles’ 1965 film Chimes at Midnight (AKA Falstaff) – in which The Great Round One shamelessly yet seamlessly spliced together five different Shakespeare plays to create one cinematic masterpiece – has been fiendishly difficult to get hold of.   Thanks to some decades-old, migraine-inducing ownership issues, you can’t buy, rent or borrow one of history’s most influential films in the English-speaking world and screenings continue to be as rare as rocking-horse shit.

I’m sure the legal shenanigans will eventually get sorted and the film will, at some point or other, get the lovingly-restored, Criterion Collection quality release it deserves.  However, if – like me – you don’t feel particularly inclined to wait another few decades to find out, some public-spirited soul has uploaded a rather decent copy of Chimes at Midnight in its entirety to YouTube.

Here it is:

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOhq0AyRNjY

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qejbbkhjkBs

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9000bpLM2j8

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zjF86qfVWw

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zf2EE7-a8Y

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ngy17MrSrMo

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ao8fqKXLkw

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UEdDFTY_UQ

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zTT4glAO7G8

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gu4mgFq7OG0

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At6GgZWSAkk

2017-05-25T14:24:05+00:00

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My name is Tom Lennon and I'm a freelance writer who specialises in humour at the geekier end of the pop culture spectrum. I'm based in Birmingham, UK, and my work has recently appeared in BuzzFeed and Time Out.

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