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 ...
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 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.
VG. Neither remainder nor ex-lib. Softcover in series-design illustrated wraps, 8vo. x + 340pp. Bibliography, Welles filmography. Script, introductory essay and biographical sketch; reviews. VG. Spine cocked toward lower end with no effect on strong binding. Mild wear/touches of loss at tips of corners and spine ends. Central panels clean and bright; pages bright and unmarked save for prev. owner's name/info upper corner half-title page.
Paperback. Very Good+. Gold & white wraps, 340 pages. This book is in very good shape overall, covers lightly sunned, spine tips & corners lightly worn, top edge of front cover lightly bumped, textblock edges lightly soiled, former owner's name inside, otherwise clean with a strong binding.
Contains excellent analyses of one of Orson Welles' masterpieces. It also contains the complete screenplay (useful in case you can't keep up with the actor's rapid delivery of the Shakespearian lines).
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