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Re: BBC and *Chimes at Midnight* Videos
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 5, No. 0099.  Tuesday, 8 February 1994.
 
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        Date:   Monday, 7 Feb 1994 09:46:53 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 5.0097  Re: *Chimes at Midnight* Videos
 
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Date:           Monday, 7 Feb 1994 09:46:53 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 5.0097  Re: *Chimes at Midnight* Videos
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0097  Re: *Chimes at Midnight* Videos
 
Milla Riggio writes:
 
> But I must warn you that obtaining it is at best a mixed blessing;
> the quality of the film and especially the sound track is so poor that
> you should be prepared to stand by the monitor and "translate" almost
> all that is said in the film.
 
I've had this same problem with all of Welles' Shakespeare films. It was a
perennial problem for him; operating on low budgets across several
continents, the sound quality was always the first to go. I found this to
be true of the restored Othello as well, and it seriously hampered my
enjoyment of that film.
 
The complete text of the screenplay for Chimes is available, with
photographs, notes, introduction, interviews, and many absorbing essays;
edited by Bridget Gellert Lyons, Rutgers University Press, 1988. I
recommend it highly. (This is where I first read Welles' opinion of
Olivier's Henry V: "a bunch of people in fancy armor riding around a golf
course.")
 
     Tad Davis
     
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Subject: 5.0094 Q: BBC and *Chimes at Midnight* Videos
Comment:        Re: SHK 5.0094 Q: BBC and *Chimes at Midnight* Videos
 
Dear Tom Jensen, For the BBC Shakespeare Plays, try Ambrose Video
Publishing, 381 Park Ave.So. #1601, New York NY 10016. Call 800-526-4663.
For Orson Welles, CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT, I think Facets Video, 1517 West
Fullerton, Chicago, IL 60614 is a good bet. There are of course dozens of
other dealers spewing out catalogs. Everything I say is subject to
correction, since the market shifts and changes exasperatingly from one
month to the next. Ken Rothwell
 

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