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The Behind the Scenes Pics of the Day has heard the chimes at midnight, Master Shallow.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes Pic!

I got to see Orson Welles’ Chimes At Midnight, his take on a backstory for Shakespeare’s Falstaff by condensing Henry IV (parts 1 and 2), Henry V, Richard II and Merry Wives of Windsor into one story, at Butt-Numb-A-Thon last year, a rare 35mm presentation of one of Welles’ more hard-to-see films. I’m not sure having it run about 2/3rds of the way through a 24 hour film fest was the best way to see it, but there’s no denying that Orson Welles was a powerhouse of personality in every single thing he did.

His Falstaff is so full of boisterous energy that it’s impossible not to like him in this movie.

Welles was a legend and there’s no better proof of his theatrical iconography than the below picture taken on the set of Chimes at Midnight. This is one of those images that I wish I had in a giant file size so I could blow it up to 24X36, frame it and put it up on the wall.

Thanks to again to reader “Delta” for sending this one along. Photo credit goes to Nicolas Tikhomiroff!



If you have a behind the scenes shot you’d like to submit to this column, you can email me at

Tomorrow’s behind the scenes pic is screaming. A good deal of dramatic situations begin with screaming.

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  • July 5, 2011, 10:14 p.m. CST


    by Spaderific

    And first.

  • July 5, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    And you almost expect Marv and Dwight to walk into that photo.

    by Spaderific

  • July 5, 2011, 10:17 p.m. CST

    Ya. Agreed with spaderific.

    by nomihs

    Great pic! It's these pics that make this column worthy of my left click.

  • July 5, 2011, 10:21 p.m. CST

    Choppah is in awe of this pic..


    Masterful pic of the master himself.

  • July 5, 2011, 10:46 p.m. CST

    That's got to be the coolest portrait of a directer I've ever seen.

    by The_Genteel_Gentile


  • July 5, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    This is the kind of film

    by proevad

    that makes me hard--and the pic just blew my load.

  • July 5, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    What a beautiful image

    by aversiontherapy2

    Like God himself.

  • Movies take books. Checkmate.

  • July 5, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    Simply awesome.

  • July 6, 2011, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Citizen Kane's staff is too long...

    by Cheif Brody

    They're digging in the wrong place!! <p>

  • July 6, 2011, 12:18 a.m. CST

    Great portrait of the greatest director there ever was.

    by ExcaliburFfolkes

    Count me in with Quint. I wish I had a poster-sized copy of this photo to hang on the wall.

  • July 6, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Here are some other CHIMES photos by Tikhomiroff:

  • July 6, 2011, 2:24 a.m. CST

    Why does "Choppah" talk about himself in 3rd person?

    by DavidDunn

    It seems that ever since Quint commented that Choppah might not be a complete idiot in the Jaws interview thread, he has become a complete social-media-megalomaniac. Or has he always been this active in the threads and I just missed it the past couple years?

  • July 6, 2011, 2:37 a.m. CST


    by Quint

    That's awesome. I wonder if he'd sell a poster-print version of this image?

  • July 6, 2011, 2:39 a.m. CST

    Barbarella tomorrow?

    by SonnyBonoWigDo


  • July 6, 2011, 3:03 a.m. CST

    More like Prospero than Falstaff

    by Agent_Snake_Mcready

    The man could be a magician with the lens.

  • July 6, 2011, 3:10 a.m. CST

    I must have that on my wall...

    by Kate Ward

    ...or preferably the side of my house to really do it justice

  • CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT is very influencial on SAVING PRIVATE RYAN. How, you ask? The battle scene in CHIMES was shot in a very unusual way at the time, all handheld, very shaky-cam style. Spielberg is a fan of the movie, and he took inspiration form it to shot the Omaha beach battle sequence from this movie. Yeah!

  • July 6, 2011, 8:25 a.m. CST

    why is he smoking asparagus?

    by durhay

  • July 6, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST

    His Greatest Role

    by Aquatarkusman

    Pitchman for Rosebud Frozen Peas... filled with country goodness and green pea-ness.

  • July 6, 2011, 8:52 a.m. CST

    What a beautiful picture.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • July 6, 2011, 8:55 a.m. CST

    "Thats why Orson Welles ate his fat ass to death."

    by claxdog

  • July 6, 2011, 9 a.m. CST

    needs more lens flare. -and more wine.

    by vulturess

    we will sell no wine before its time.

  • July 6, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Wow, that's an incredible photo

    by moonlightdrive

  • July 6, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Orson Welles really WAS The Most Interesting Man in the World

    by cymbalta4thedevil

    Stay Thirsty My Friends.

  • July 6, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    Info is here: A poster would likely be expensive, but Magnum Photo is the cream of the crop when it comes to professional photography, so you'd end up with a true collector's item.

  • July 6, 2011, 11:59 a.m. CST

    cool, we go from Orson Wells to Barberella...

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • July 6, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST

    please just name the film in the article title

    by treadwell

    It isn't fun playing the "see if I can guess what he's referring to" game anymore, although I do appreciate the spirit behind it.

  • July 6, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Great pic

    by lv_426

    Who cares if it is a planned or posed picture? It is awesome. Definitely one of my top 3 behind the scenes pics you guys have ever posted.

  • July 6, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Yes, it's staged

    by Sonny_Williams

    What's your fucking point? This column is not called "Candid pic of the day."

  • July 6, 2011, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Yes, it's a staged photo, and it's magnificent.

    by AsimovLives

  • July 6, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    And to think he ended his career advertising frozen peas...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    Tragic. What's even more tragic about Welles is the amount of unrealized, unfinished or just plain butchered productions he was involved in. Even though he's obviously well regarded his career was a fraction of what it could have given his talents. Probably the most potential wasted of any artist in film history.

  • July 6, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST


    by lv_426

    Orson Welles: "We know a remote farm in Lincolnshire, where Mrs. Buckley lives. Every July, peas grow there." Do you really mean that? Director 1: Uh, yes, so in other words, I--I--I'd start half a second later. Welles: Don't you think you really want to say "July" over the snow? Isn't that the fun of it? D 1: It's--if--if you can (laughs) if you can make it almost when that shot disappears, it'll make more-- Welles: I think it's so nice that--that you see a snow-covered field and say "every July peas grow there". "We know a remote farm in Lincolnshire, where Mrs. Buckley lives. Every July, peas grow there." We aren't even in the fields, you see? (pause) We're talking about them growing and she's picked them. (clears throat) What? D 1: July. Welles: I don't understand you, then. When must--what must be over for "July"? D 1: Uh, when we get out of that snowy field-- Welles: Well, I was out! We were onto a can of peas, a big dish of peas when I said "in July". D 1: Oh, I'm sorry, Orson. Welles: Yes, always. I'm always--past that! D 1: You are? Welles: Yes! Wh--that's about where I say "in July". Director 2: Can you emphasize a bit "in"? "In July." Welles: Why? That doesn't make any sense. Sorry. There's no known way of saying an English sentence in which you begin a sentence with "in" and emphasize it. Get me a jury and show me how you can say "in July" and I'll... go down on you. That's just idiotic, if you'll forgive me by saying so. D 2: (indistinct chatter) Welles: That's just stupid. "In July"? I'd love to know how you emphasize "in" in "in July"... Impossible! Meaningless! D 1: I think all they were thinking about was that they didn't want to-- Welles: He isn't thinking. D 1: Orson, can we just do one last time-- Welles: Yeah. D 1: ...and it was my fault. I should--I said "in July". If you could leave "every July"-- Welles: You didn't say it. He said it. D 1: ...I said "every July". Welles: Your friend. "Every July"? D 1: after this shot... Welles: No, you don't really mean "every July"? D 1: is, but it's... Welles: But that's--that's bad copy. It's in July. Of course it's every July! There's too much directing around here. Part Two: Fish Fingers Welles: Norway. Fish finger, nor, Findus, Norway. "We know a certain fjord in Norway, near where the cod gather in great shoals. There, Jan Stan--, Stangdilan," shit! D 1: A fraction more on the--on that shoals thing, 'cause you rolled it round very nicely. Welles: Yeah, roll it round and I have no more time. You don't know what I'm up against. Because it's full of--of--of things that are only correct because they're grammatical, but they're tough on the ear. You see, this is a very wearying one, it's unpleasant to read. Unrewarding. "Because Findus freeze the cod at sea and then add a crumb, crisp..." ooh, "crumb, crisp coating." D 1: (indistinct chatter) Welles: Ah, that's tough. "Crumb, crisp coating." D 2: (indistinct chatter) Welles: I think, no, because of the way it's written, you need to break it up because it's not--it's not as conversationally written. What? D 1: Take "crumb" out. D 2: (sounds like) That's the word. Welles: Take "crumb" out. Good. _____________________ Part Three: Beef Burgers Welles: Here under protest is "beef burgers." "We know a little place in the American Far West, where Charlie Briggs chops up the finest prairie-fed beef and tastes..." This is a lot of shit, you know that? You want one more? D 2: I do, actually... Welles: More on "buck beef"? D 1: You--you missed the first "beef", actually completely. Welles: What do you mean, missed it? D 1: You--you're emphasizing "prairie-fed"-- Welles: But you can't emphasize "beef", that's like he's wanting me to emphasize "in" before "July". Come on, fellas, you're losing your heads! I wouldn't direct any living actor like this in Shakespeare! Will you do this, it's impossible! D 1: Orson, you did six last year, and by far and away the best, and I know the--the reason-- Welles: The right reading for this is the one I'm giving it! D 1: For the moment. Welles: I spent... twenty times more for you people than any other commercial I've ever made. You are such pests! Now, what is it you want? D 1: Now, I think-- Welles: In your depths of your ignorance, what is it you want? Whatever it is you want, I can't deliver it because I just don't see it. D 1: That was absolutely fine, it really was. Welles: Here, you-- (crumples script, stands up) This isn't worth it. No money is worth listening to... (leaves studio)

  • July 6, 2011, 5:18 p.m. CST

    lv_426, that was funny stuff

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Gravy

    I'm sure Welles was still a perfectionist right to the end, even when he was doing such lowly things.

  • July 6, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    So what if it's staged?

    by paulloch

    it's still an awesome photo the famous Hitch photo with him pointing and gesturing action is also staged. It's awesome in the age of the invisible studio director, you had two guys trying to cultivate an image of cool. I wish more directors had this kind of PR mentality.

  • July 6, 2011, 9:35 p.m. CST


    by jackofhearts29

    Chimes is definitely an under-seen and underrated film by Welles. I had to watch a copy in my college's library media room back in the 90s. Hopefully it is more accessible today. The battle scene with the knights being hoisted onto their horses was by far the best medieval battle I have ever seen on film.

  • July 7, 2011, 2:22 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives