CITIZEN WELLES 2016
CHIMES at MIDNIGHT / FALSTAFF
Completed in 1965, Chimes At Midnight is the last major narrative work Welles completed in his lifetime, though not for lack of trying. And like so many of the movies he made (or attempted to make) during the last part of his career, it’s been tied up in rights disputes for decades, making it effectively unknown in America outside of critical and filmmaking circles. Now returning to American screens in a Janus Film restoration, it’s more than just an overlooked item ripe for rediscovery—it’s an essential, and the movie against which all other Shakespeare adaptations should be measured, inventive and expressive in its approach to text, and consistently surprising and creative as filmmaking, conjuring its own medieval world out of a few dozen extras and some mud-splattered Spanish locations.