"Chimes at Midnight," directed by and starring Orson Welles, to be screened September 16, 2016

Newly restored digital version hailed by critics as a masterpiece

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Orson Welles as "Sir John Falstaff" in "Chimes at Midnight" (1965)

ALBANY, NY (09/01/2016)(readMedia)-- A newly restored digital version of the film CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT (France/Spain, 1965, 115 minutes, b/w, directed by Orson Welles) will be shown on Friday, September 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue, on the University at Albany's downtown campus. Sponsored by the New York State Writers Institute as part of its Classic Film Series, the screening is free and open to the public.

CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT is comprised of material from five Shakespeare plays to tell the story of the Bard's recurring character Sir John Falstaff. Welles, who had a lifelong fascination with the comic figure, plays Falstaff in "the greatest role of his career, in which he gives his greatest performance" (Vincent Canby). With the improved picture quality and sound of this newly restored digital version, critics are hailing CHIMES AT MIDNIGHT as one of Welles's greatest masterpieces.

For additional information contact the Writers Institute at 518-442-5620 or online at http://www.albany.edu/writers-inst.