Friday, 14 December 2018, 20:00
Venue: (see Locations and Tickets for further details)
Programme category: Forest Row Film Society
Director: Orson Welles, Spain/Switzerland 1967, 119 mins, 12
“Welles thought Falstaff Shakespeare’s greatest creation, considered this his own best film and saw its theme as ‘the betrayal of friendship’, though it is much more than that.” Philip French, The Observer
Incorporating the Falstaff sections of both parts of Henry IV, this towering achievement by Orson Welles stars Welles himself as the monumentally charismatic scoundrel, Falstaff. Featuring a stellar cast, carefree farce, and one of cinema’s greatest war scenes, this is arguably the best Shakespeare on screen.
“Without question, Welles is the definitive Falstaff, puffed up with bluster, but achingly sensitive on the inside.” Joe Bendel, Epoch Times