Film

Restoring ‘Chimes at Midnight’

A critic begins to feel his age when films he first viewed as a young man now have to be restored. Still, Orson Welles’s Chimes at Midnight (also known as Falstaff), released on DVD this year in a restored version, is special. It was made on an extraordinarily low budget and despite a multitude of technical problems was finally released in 1966. We had to wait a further two years before a courageous independent distributor screened the film in Australia. At the preview I was tactless enough to suggest that restoration was needed immediately. In some scenes lip movements didn’t…

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