Chimes At Midnight Week Of Film Classics

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April 3rd at 2:00pm, 4:35pm, 7:10pm & 9:40pm! Tickets: http://www.landmarktheatres.com/san-diego/ken-cinema/film-info/chimes-at-midnight

The crowning achievement of Orson Welles’s later film career, Chimes at Midnight returns to the screen after being unavailable for decades. This brilliantly crafted Shakespeare adaptation was the culmination of Welles’s lifelong obsession with the Bard’s ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff, the loyal, often soused childhood friend to King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal (Keith Baxter). Appearing in several plays as a comic supporting figure, Falstaff is here the main event: a robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero played by writer/director Welles with towering, lumbering grace. Integrating elements from both Henry IV plays as well as Richard II, Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Welles created an unorthodox Shakespeare film that is also a gritty period piece, which he called “a lament…for the death of Merrie England.” Poetic, philosophical, and visceral—with a kinetic centerpiece battle sequence as impressive as anything Welles ever directed—Chimes at Midnight is as monumental as the figure at its center. Also starring John Gielgud, Jeanne Moreau and Fernando Rey. This new digital restoration was undertaken in 2015 by Janus Films and The Criterion Collection, sourced from Filmoteca Española's scan of the original 35mm negative.
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By: Ken Cinema