Presented by: New Zealand International Film Festival

Chimes at Midnight

August 12–13, 2016

ITR Auditorium


Spain 1966
Orson Welles

The consensus choice for Orson Welles’ late-career masterpiece, the newly restored Chimes at Midnighthas been almost impossible to see in decent quality for decades. Welles had long been fascinated with Shakespeare’s English history plays, and since the late 50s had been working on a project compiled from Richard II, Henry IV Parts I and II and Henry V, that focused on the character of Falstaff – the role Welles was born to play.

Financing for a film version eventually came together and Welles managed to create one of the greatest adaptations of Shakespeare on the smell of an oily rag, calling in favours from an amazing cast of actor friends (John Gielgud, Jeanne Moreau, Fernando Rey, Margaret Rutherford).

The spectacular high contrast, deep focus black-and-white photography and Welles’ punchy editing make this filmed Shakespeare of uncommon vitality. Perhaps most remarkably, given the economy of the production, Chimes at Midnight sports one of cinema’s greatest battle sequences: inspired by Eisenstein, Welles turns the Battle of Shrewsbury into a barrage of sense impressions, an overwhelming mixture of mist, mud and chaotic brutality. — AL

 “If I wanted to get into heaven on the basis of one movie, that’s the one I would offer up.” — Orson Welles

Running Times:
Times are approx. and subject to change at any time.

Box Office Open: 1 Hour Prior to first session of the day
Auditorium Doors Open: 15 Minutes prior to film (Approx)
Duration: 117 Minutes
Box Office Close: 30 Minutes after last film starts

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