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Spain | 1966 | 116 minutes | Orson Welles

June 24 - 30, 2016

SIFF Cinema Uptown | One Week Only!
Unavailable for years and now back in a brilliant restoration, Orson Welles' groundbreaking adaptation blends five Shakespeare plays into a single gritty tale focusing on the character who was his lifelong obsession, the drunken rapscallion Falstaff.

Lovingly restored from a long-lost 35mm print, Welles' groundbreaking and gritty adaptation streamlines five of Shakespeare's plays—both parts of "Henry IV," "Richard II," "Henry V," and "The Merry Wives of Windsor"—to refocus the Bard's narratives on the relationship between childhood friends Prince Hal (Keith Baxter) and the roguish Sir John Falstaff (Welles). As Falstaff assists Hal in navigating the complicated and deadly world of British royal politics, even heading into battle in one of Welles' most triumphant directorial sequences, he is increasingly neglected and estranged, and the character once considered mere comic relief is transformed into one of Shakespeare's greatest tragic figures.

  • Director: Orson Welles
  • Principal Cast: Orson Welles, Keith Baxter, John Gielgud, Norman Rodway, Alan Webb, Tony Beckley, Margaret Rutherford, Jeanne Moreau, Marina Vlady, Fernando Rey
  • Country: Spain
  • Year: 1966
  • Running Time: 116 minutes
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Cannes Film Festival 1966 (20th Anniversary Prize, Technical Grand Prize)
  • Language: English
  • US Distributor: Janus Films