Chimes at Midnight

Fri. Feb 26, 2016 at 7:00pm EST
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Chimes at Midnight

The Hollywood Theater is proud to present this brand new restoration of Chimes at Midnight.  Janus Films worked for 20 years on this effort. They used a scan from the Filmoteca, made from the original negative, in order to make marked improvements in both corrected color picture and cleaner sound. Digital restoration at Criterion took care of dirt, tears, splices, stains, scratches, and flicker.


This is the part Orson Welles was really born to play wasn’t Charles Foster Kane, nor the candy-addicted Hank Quinlan, or Harry Lime, or Cardinal Wolsey. It was a character who first appeared 418 years ago, who ducks in and out of several plays contributing bon mots and bad behavior; a wit, a lout, a drunk, a fool, and a character whom Welles called the “the most completely good man in all drama.”

Shakespeare never gave him his own play, so Welles – with typical Wellesian audacity – made one for him.

“Chimes at Midnight,” the film Welles seemed most proud of, stars its director as Sir John Falstaff, the comic character whom Shakespeare introduced in “Henry IV,” parts I and II, who makes an appearance, too, in “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” and in a movie — first released in 1966 and unavailable for decades – that also references “Richard II” and “Henry V.” But it is Falstaff – corpulent, conniving, merry, muddled and a well of humanity —who dominates, even as his fellow debauchee, the young Prince Hal (Keith Baxter) approaches his date with destiny, history and power.
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Hollywood Theater 1449 Potomac Ave
Dormont, PA 15216