Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight

  • Dir: Orson Welles

  • Spain/Switzerland, 1965, 116min, DCP

  • Cast: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Keith Baxter

Welles meets Falstaff. Not just Shakespeare, whose work Welles condensed and transformed but a character whose complexity (and girth) speak through Welles to the moral questions of the Bard’s plays. To whom do we owe our loyalty? And whom will we betray as we move forward? Indeed, Welles’ meditation on the relationship of the dubious Falstaff and maturing Prince Hal must make us think of his own fame and rejection, which included criticism of this very movie. Yet, over time, its reputation has soared with that of Welles himself as critics recognize its cinematic complexity (under dire conditions of Spanish filming), its interplay of sound and image and the power of Welles in a role he was born to play. Finally, both film and auteur are restored to glory.

1966 Cannes Film Festival, 20th Anniversary Prize and Technical Grand Prize

11.11.2018(SUN): Post-screening talk with Chris Fujiwara. Conducted in English

Chris Fujiwara has written and edited several books on cinema, contributed to many anthologies and journals, and lectured widely on the aesthetics, history, and criticism of film. Formerly Artistic Director of Edinburgh International Film Festival, he has also developed film programmes for other institutions.

Screening:

Note

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