The character of Falstaff as seen by Shakespeare and Verdi: performance of scenes from Verdi's "Falstaff" by Geraint Evans and Regina Resnik (Falstaff and Mistress Quickly respectively at the New York City Metropolitan Opera's production), and Maynard Mack, Professor of English at Yale University. Includes a photo montage of stages of make-up construction for Evans and Resnik.
Key discussion points of the film:
Did Verdi change the Shakespearean character of Falstaff?
Verdi's identification with Falstaff.
Who really was Falstaff?