Magazine article Screen International

Lost Orson Welles Film Recovered

Magazine article Screen International

Lost Orson Welles Film Recovered

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Silent short Too Much Johnson features Joseph Cotton and Orson Welles.

A 1938 Orson Welles film has been discovered in a warehouse in Italy.

Silent film Too Much Johnson, starring Joseph Cotten in the lead role, was found in a warehouse by the staff of Cinemazero, an art house in Pordenone, Italy.

The silent film was originally intended to be used in conjunction with Welles' stage adaptation of an 1894 play by William Gillette. The Mercury Theatre planned to show the three short films as prologues to each act of the play.

The nitrate print of the film - left unfinished by the Mercury Theatre and never shown in public - was given by Cinemazero to one of Italy's major film archives, the Cineteca del Friuli in nearby Gemona, and transferred from there to George Eastman House in order to be preserved.

According to published sources, until now the only known print of Too Much Johnson had burnt in a fire that destroyed Welles' home in the outskirts of Madrid in 1970. …

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