Chimes at Midnight

“Banish plump Jack, and banish all the world!” So goes Sir John Falstaff’s exuberant self-defense in the face of his friend—and ultimate betrayer—Prince Hal. The line is especially poignant coming as it does from director and star Orson Welles, whom all moviedom seemed to reject after his early masterpieces. The portly, bass-voiced Welles was born to play Falstaff — hilarious, tyrannical, and moody by turns. British stage royalty John Gielgud lends gravitas as the troubled Henry IV. And the filmmaking, in a beautifully restored critical edition, shows Welles at his most incandescent. The furious Battle of Shrewsbury is a technical marvel of editing, musical in its mayhem.


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Chimes at Midnight  

Directed by Orson Welles (1965) 
119 mins 

Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 12:30 pm Walter Reade Theater

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Add to Calendar 08/02/2020 12:30 pm 08/02/2020 12:30 pm America/New_York Chimes at Midnight  Mostly Mozart Festival - Orson Welles’s final Shakespeare film is a masterful meditation on youth and old age, loyalty, and betrayal, and an excellent addition to the body of work about Sir John Falstaff. Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023 Lincoln Center - Mostly Mozart Festival false MM/DD/YYYY aho3e0k00zv7rk56sm4e178

Starring Orson Welles as Falstaff

with Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, and John Gielgud 

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