As part of Shakespeare on Film: a spectacular series of screenings and events celebrating the enormous impact the playwright’s life, work and legacy has had on cinema. These are outdoor picnic events, bring your own camping chairs, blankets or seating.
Orson Welles is at the height of his powers while reveling in the poetic force of Falstaff’s weakness. Orson Welles second tribute to Shakespeare is a masterpiece. “It may be the greatest Shakespearean film ever made, bar none.”
John Falstaff is the hero in this compilation of extracts from Shakespeare’s ‘Henry IV’ and other plays, made into a connected story of Falstaff’s career as young Prince Hal’s drinking companion. The massive knight roisters with and without the prince, philosophizes comically, goes to war (in his own fashion), and meets his final disappointment, set in a real-looking late-medieval England.