On the brink of Civil War, King Henry IV (John Gielgud) attempts to consolidate his reign while fretting with unease over his son's seeming neglect of his royal duties. Hal (Keith Baxter), the young Prince, openly consorts with Sir John Falstaff (Orson Welles) and his company of "Diana's foresters, Gentlemen of the shade, Minions of the moon". Hal's friendship with the fat knight substitutes for his estrangement from his father. Both Falstaff and the King are old and tired; both rely on Hal for comfort in their final years, while the young Prince, the future Henry V, nurtures his own ambitions.
Methinks the words are held most dear but distorted sound did blight the ear!!
- Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight review by BE
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It might be a restored version but I found the sound distorted in places and impeded the understanding of the shakespearian dialogue. I gave up well before it finished. The acting was good enough but only one star due to sound quality (or not, as the case may be)!