For many Welles aficionado’s, this was his best film, a view shared by Welles himself. Streamlining several Shakespeare play’s into a single gritty tale, it gives centre stage to the character of Falstaff, turning him from comic relief to roguish anti-hero, a role Welles was born to play. Both parts of Henry IV, Richard II, Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor are all thrown into the mix to chart Falstaff ‘s friendship with Prince Hal, and his rejection when the Prince becomes King.
Dir: Orson Welles. Cast: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, John Gielgud
Falstaff: Chimes at Midnight
Tue 2 Oct
Streamlining several Shakespeare play’s into a single gritty tale