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Win: Tickets to Orson Welles' 'Chimes at Midnight'

The film that legendary director Orson Welles considered his masterpiece has been carefully restored, and is reappearing on the big screen after being unavailable for decades.

The 1965 movie plays at the Loft Cinema starting Friday, and you can win a pair of tickets on us.

More on the film from the Loft:

The crowning achievement of Orson Welles’s later film career, Chimes at Midnight at last returns to the big screen in a beautifully restored new edition, after being unavailable for decades.

This brilliantly crafted Shakespeare adaptation was the culmination of Welles’s lifelong obsession with the Bard’s ultimate rapscallion, Sir John Falstaff, the loyal, often soused childhood friend of King Henry IV’s wayward son, Prince Hal. Appearing in several plays as a comic supporting figure, Falstaff is here the main event: a robustly funny and ultimately tragic screen antihero, played by Welles with lumbering grace. Integrating elements from both Henry IV plays as well as Richard II, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor, Welles created an unorthodox Shakespeare film that is also a gritty period piece, one that he called “a lament . . . for the death of Merrie England.” Poetic, philosophical, and visceral—with a kinetic battle sequence centerpiece as impressive as anything else Welles directed—Chimes at Midnight is as monumental as the figure at its center.   One of the legendary filmmaker’s greatest masterpieces, Chimes at Midnight was also Welles’ personal favorite among his many cinematic gems, saying,  “If I wanted to get into heaven on the basis of one movie, that’s the one I would offer up.”  (Dir. by Orson Welles, 1966, Spain, in English, 116 mins., Not Rated)

The movie stars Welles as Falstaff, along with John Gielgud as Henry IV,  Jeanne Moreau as Doll Tearsheet and Margaret Rutherford as Mistress Quickly. It includes dialogue from five of Shakespeare's plays, as well as a legendary scene depicting the Battle of Shrewsbury.

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Mar 23, 2016, 11:28 am
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Ferry to Hong Kong is a favorite Orson Wells movie. I saw it first on a UHF TV station while in High School in the late 1960’s UHF broadcasts used a round antenna and had fuzzy reception that did not stop me from enjoy Mr Wells Janus Films ouvre.

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