Shakespeare, Falstaff, and Orson Welles
Dr. Michael Anderegg, who last season discussed King John On Stage and Screen, joins us again to take a closer look at Orson Welles’ classic 1965 film, Chimes at Midnight. This lecture is free, though reservations are requested.
Regarded as one of Welles’ highest achievements, Chimes zooms in on Sir John Falstaff’s relationship with Prince Hal, who wrestles with his loyalty between Falstaff and his father, King Henry IV. The script for the movie utilizes text from five of Shakespeare’s plays, primarily 1 Henry IV and 2 Henry IV.
Michael Anderegg is professor emeritus of English at the University of North Dakota. His books include Orson Welles, Shakespeare, and Popular Culture (1999), Cinematic Shakespeare (2004), and Lincoln and Shakespeare (2015). He authored supplementary material for the Criterion Blue-Ray release of Chimes at Midnight and was interviewed for the Olive Films blu-ray of Macbeth.
After this Free Folger Friday, join us for the 8pm performance of 1 Henry IV.
This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanties, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.