By Richard Schickel
Time magazine's mythical, award-winning movie critic Richard Schickel sat down on a number of events with frighteningly proficient motion picture director Alfred Hitchcock. Spoiler alert: He discovered what made the fellow in the back of The Birds fly. the following, during this short-form ebook, is Hitchcock's tale.
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Continuing to pursue antifascist themes, Welles then proposed a comedy-thriller, The Smiler with the Knife, based on the novel by Nicholas Blake (British poet C. Day Lewis) about a couple who discover a secret fascist plot to seize power in England. Welles’s adaptation transposed the story to the United States, reshaped the leader of the plot in the image of aviator-industrialist Howard Hughes, and included a Hearst-like character described in Welles’s notes as “W. N. ” Welles wrote a screenplay from another British novel, The Way to Santiago by Arthur Calder-Marshall, which would have been ﬁlmed in Mexico.
Chimes at Midnight is one of Welles’s greatest ﬁlms, in some ways his greatest. It certainly contains his ﬁnest performance, as the bounteous rogue he described as “the character in whom I believe the most, the most entirely good man in all drama. His faults are trivial and he makes the most enormous jokes from them. ” Yet the ﬁlm hardly played in the United States after being released here in March 1967, prosaically retitled Falstaff, and very few people have seen it since. What makes the ignominy of the ﬁlm’s mistreatment particularly painful is that Chimes is so accessible and entertaining.
That adventurous period involved a heightened preoccupation with eroticism (thanks to the inﬂuence of his much younger companion, Oja Kodar, a Croatian sculptress, writer, and actress), a deepened concentration on death and dissolution, mordantly satirical reﬂections on Welles’s own media image, and ambivalent observations by the master on the cinema itself. Why he couldn’t get the work before the public is a different question, although not unrelated to the nature of the work he was doing. Welles never stopped working on ﬁlm projects.