Compagnie Française de Distribution Cinématographique (CFDC) | Release Date: March 17, 1967 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Universal acclaim based on 23 Critic Reviews
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It is quite likely the greatest Shakespearean film ever and, except for Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons, it’s also Welles’s greatest film – which is saying something.
100
A meditation on aging, friendship, betrayal and coming to terms with life's profound contradictions, interspersed with antic humor and some of the greatest battle scenes ever filmed. [01 Jan 2016, p.E4]
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The Observer (UK)Philip French
Overall this elegiac, monochrome movie, shot in the snow and mud in wintry landscapes, is a rich masterpiece. [28 Jun 2015]
100
Welles is lovely in the film, open and vulnerable, and Keith Baxter as Hal is quite good. [28 Sep 2016, p.Q39]
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The film is a near masterpiece. Welles' direction of the battle of Shrewsbury is unlike anything he has ever done--indeed, unlike any battle ever done on the screen before. It ranks with the finest of Griffith, John Ford, Eisenstein, Kurosawa.
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Portland OregonianStaff (Not Credited)
Orson Welles brings Shakespeare’s Falstaff to life in this passionate, ramshackle adaptation that draws on five different plays for its dialogue. Plagued by a low budget and other production snafus, it was initially disregarded but now ranks as one of Welles’ finest achievements. [04 Mar 2016, p.R22]
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Welles displays here a sensibility from the '30s and '40s when choices, however anguished, still seemed morally meaningful. [30 Mar 1967, p.35]