The script is a patchwork of five plays by Shakespeare, principally Henry IV, Parts I and II. Its richest vein is the elegiac, and accordingly it makes a fitting last gasp for Orson Welles as a director (it was, after all, the last full-length feature completed by him) — and, in the role of Falstaff, for Orson Welles as an actor as well: older, wider, still as crude an actor as ever. Like Alexander Nevsky, it would be worth seeing for its climactic battle scene alone — a bone-rattling exhibition of Medieval savagery, counterpointed with the sight of the armored star running around like a teapot on legs. With Jeanne Moreau, John Gielgud, Margaret Rutherford, and Ralph Richardson (narrator). (1967) — Duncan Shepherd
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