Adapted mainly from William Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2. Directed by Orson Welles. Starring Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, John Gielgud, Margaret Rutherford, Jeanne Moreau. Black and white. 111 minutes.
Orson Welles’s Chimes at Midnight is based on a radical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Henry IV, 1 and 2. The plays are substantially cut to make the Falstaff/Hal and Hal/Henry relationships the substance of the drama, scenes are re-positioned across the two plays, speeches are reassigned to other characters, and additional passages are brought in from Richard II, Henry V, The Merry Wives of Windsor and Holinshed’s English …
Citation: Fraser, Duncan. "Chimes at Midnight (1966) - film adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry the Fourth, Parts One and Two". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 August 2016 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/stopics.php?rec=true&UID=19435, accessed 24 September 2023.]