Campanadas a medianoche (1965)
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By adding a hint of gravitas, Welles gives Falstaff genuine pathos instead of pure buffoonery. 15th Century England is credibly recreated (or at least faked); very impressive for what is evidently a low budget film. Nice to see Gielgud as something other than Arthur's butler.
This is probably my favorite filmed Shakespeare adaptation and my fourth-favorite Welles film after Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil and The Magnificent Ambersons. The battle sequence was amazing. The dvd available from Mr. Bongo Films was surprisingly good. Here's hoping for an even better restoration and Blu-ray release down the line.
I think the fact that this was the inspiration for My Own Private Idaho makes more sense when you consider that the Henry V character in both look exactly the same.
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This movie ranks #197 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
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This movie ranks #970 in The Criterion Collection
This movie ranks #1033 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Films