Chimes at Midnight (1966)
dir. Orson Welles
115 min, English
Wednesday March 30, 2016 8:00pm

Doors open at 7:30pm, with the film starting at 8:00. Tickets available at the door the night of the screening only. Cash and credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover, AmEx) accepted. No checks, please.

Marigny Opera House
725 St. Ferdinand
New Orleans, LA 70117


Orson Welles plays the legendary John Falstaff, Shakespeare’s “fat knight,” in this epic story, which he combined from five Shakespeare plays. Falstaff rowdily enjoys the good times with his young cohorts in royal Elizabethan society, tolerated by the powers that be for his goodness. He then suffers deep betrayal, rejected by his friends as they rise to power and their alliances fragment. With his grand cinematic vision, Welles goes beyond the merriment to build a powerful, engrossing tale around one of Shakespeare’s greatest characters.

In order to get the film made, Welles tricked producers, badgered actors, used stand-ins, edited for months, and wound up with what he considered his most fully realized film after it premiered in 1966. Although now often praised, Chimes at Midnight was criminally underseen until this year, when an excellent digital restoration by Filmoteca Española has given the first real U.S. theatrical run to this masterpiece by one of cinema’s – and drama’s – great figures. Louisiana premiere.

Thanks to our Community Partner: New Orleans Shakespeare Festival at Tulane