Introduced by Carl Martin, actor, teacher, and former Falstaff.
(1965) Written and directed by Orson Welles. Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, John Gielgud. (115 min.) DCP.
Orson Welles shuffles four Shakespeare plays to create a hero of the roistering John Falstaff, magnificently inappropriate mentor to kings. More than one critic has praised this recent restoration as the greatest Shakespeare film ever made.
“Strange and entrancing, at times dreamlike and distant, at others brutally realistic . . . gorgeously, heartbreakingly sad, shot through with romantic surrender and the ache of loss” (Time Out).
Our films are piquantly peripatetic this season, celebrating Ingrid Bergman’s 100th birthday, reflecting NCMA exhibitions on Elizabethan portraiture and Ansel Adams landscapes, transporting us to the North Carolina mountains of the early 20th century, and basking in the forbidden lust and corruption of midcentury Mexican noir.