Campanas A Medianoche (Spanish Edition)

Campanas A Medianoche (Spanish Edition)

Campanas a Medianoche (Spanish Edition)

This book sheds light on a practically unknown fact about one of the most studied and commented film of all times: Spanish playwright Antonio Buero Vallejo's involvement in Orson Welles' Chimes at Midnight production.

Welles was fastidious with his films' dubbing into different languages, making a point about preserving the literary quality of the original work in the translated versions.

More so in this case, in which the main character Falstaff was masterfully constructed by a careful selection of William Shakespeare's original texts.

Bearing this in mind, the Spanish producer Emiliano Piedra seeked the help of playwright Antonio Buero Vallejo, who shortly before had experienced a remarkable public and critique success with his Spanish version of Hamlet.

The requirement was to translate the Elizabethan lines into the equivalent sound of the «Spanish Golden Century Picaresque.

Quite paradoxically, the perfect adjustment of the Spanish playwright's text to the prerequisite increased the producers' concern about whether the new Welles' film would or would not be «commercially successful, a fear that traditionally haunted every Orson Welles production.

At the end the option was to use a more «common sounding language, unwillingly restraining the full appreciation of Orson Welles's...

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